U.N. official: global goals to end poverty by 2030 possible

Helen Clark said areas of conflict will remain a challenge

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A U.N. official has said it is possible to meet global goals that aim to end extreme poverty by 2030 but not in areas of conflict, which remain a challenge.

U.N. development program administrator Helen Clark agreed it was realistic to believe that poverty could be eradicated by the deadline during an interview with Al Arabiya News’s New York Bureau Chief Talal al-Haj.

“Yes but where there is conflict you cannot eradicate extreme poverty, so we need to come back and look at what could we do which would stop spill-over into conflict, what can we do to support more peaceful and inclusive societies where people have voice in the say and are not marginalized,” Clark said.

As for the Middle East in particular, Clark said while “it is bleak in a number of parts of the region” she still has hope.

“I very much hope that we can get the countries which can make a difference across the political and various other divides to come together around some political settlement which will give the people hope that they can return to their homes and carry on a peaceful life.”

Clark spoke to Al Arabiya’s “Diplomatic Avenue” on the sidelines of the ongoing U.N. Assembly meeting in New York.

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