Helen Clark sworn in as UNDP Administrator

27 Apr 2009

Helen Clark was officially sworn in by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as UNDP’s new Administrator in the presence of senior members of the Secretary-General’s cabinet on 27 April 2009. With her left hand on the UN Charter, she pledged to follow the ideals of the United Nations as laid out in the Charter.

Helen Clark, of New Zealand, was unanimously approved by the UN General Assembly to head the UN’s development agency 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 a member of the New Zealand Parliament since 1981, and was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008.  Between 1984 and 1987 she served as Chair of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee. From 1987 – 1990, she served as first Minister of Housing and Minister of Conservation, and then as Minister of Health, Minister of Labour, and Deputy Prime Minister. In these capacities, she prioritised affordable housing, protection of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity, primary health care and public health, and gender equity in employment. Born in 1950 in New Zealand, Helen Clark is married to Professor Peter Davis. Clark was educated at Auckland University where she studied Political Studies and History. She has been a strong supporter of development and the achievement of the MDGs.

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