Helen Clark Begins First Day as Administrator of UNDP

20 Apr 2009

Helen Clark began her first day as the new Administrator of UNDP on 20 April 2009. She spent her first week meeting with UNDP senior management, UN officials and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, as well as getting acquainted with staff.

"I am looking forward to leading UNDP at this critical time. I have a commitment to tackling poverty and injustice, and I regard it as an enormous privilege to tackle these issues at the international level,” Clark said after she was approved.  

Clark, of New Zealand, was unanimously approved by the UN General Assembly to as the new Administrator on 31 March 2009 for a term of four years.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nominated Helen Clark to replace outgoing Administrator Kemal Derviş of Turkey.   
 
“Helen Clark was selected, amongst a group of excellent candidates, for her outstanding qualifications and numerous accomplishments in her long career,” said Michelle Montas, the Secretary-General spokesperson, in an official statement when she announced the appointment.

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