Helen Clark


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Clark, Helen,

1950–, New Zealand politician, prime minister (1999–2008), b. Hamilton, N.Z. A graduate of the Univ. of Auckland (B.A., 1971; M.A., 1974), she taught political science there (1973–81). In 1981 she was elected to parliament as a member of the Labor party. Clark held various cabinet posts (1987–90) and served deputy prime minister (1989–90). Named party leader in 1993, she led the party to victory in 1999 and became prime minister of a coalition government; Labor retained power in 2002 and 2005. In office, Clark increased government spending, boosted the economy, nationalized lands claimed by Maoris, championed a national antinuclear policy, and refused to join the U.S.–led war against Iraq. Following Labor's 2008 loss to the National party, she resigned as party leader. Clark then headed (2009–17) the United Nations Development Program.
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All of us in development are committed to achieving that", Helen Clark said.
There is not yet a go-to profile of Ardern, such that Beverly Doole provides of Helen Clark. (9) Ardern's back-story sketched here relies on women's magazines (Her, Next, New Zealand Woman's Weekly and New Idea), the New Zealand Listener, New Zealand Herald, Otago Daily Times (Colin James's Tuesday column), Fairfax media and the New Zealand blogosphere (Robert Ayson, Richard Harman, David Capie and Wayne Mapp being the more astute on her prospective global diplomacy).
Helen Clark worked to reform UNDP to make it a more modern organization, able to meet new challenges in a changing world.
Jhinouai renewed the invitation to Helen Clark to participate in the international investment conference to be held in Tunis next November and Tunisia which carries high hopes to mobilize external assistance to revive its economy.
SOUNDBITE (English) Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
"Helen Clark has a vast amount of experience in international affairs which will be hard for other candidates to match."
According to the United Nations Development Programme, there are three fundamental shifts needed to help ease humanitarian suffering globally."Always look to reinforce national systems; get better at anticipating conflict or disasters; and transcend the global development divide," said Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UNDP.
UNDP Director, Helen Clark, underscored the importance of response development to the capacity-building of people and countries to cope with the Syrian crisis.
New York, Oct.2 (BNA): Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa met United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meetings.
March 26, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov met with Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark, reports the Tajik Foreign Ministry.
New York City, July 15 -- Three sources of finance - humanitarian, development and climate finance - play a critical role in supporting recovery efforts in fragile and conflict-affected countries, says a report launched today by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG).
First elected to the Parliament in 1981, Helen Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008.