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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Helen Clark worked to reform UNDP to make it a more modern organization, able to meet new challenges in a changing world.
SOUNDBITE (English) Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
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.
Earlier, the prime minister met, on the sidelines of the forum, with UNDP director, Helen Clark, and discussed with her mutual cooperation between the government and the international organization.
The Minister has briefed Helen Clark on the preparatory process for the upcoming High-level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, to be held on 9-11 June 2015 in Dushanbe and has invited the UNDP to cooperate closely with the Government of Tajikistan in organization of the event.
Through concerted action to align the financing instruments behind global agendas, we can co-ordinate our efforts better, and thereby boost the efficiency and effectiveness of support for fragile and conflict-affected states", said Helen Clark.
First elected to the Parliament in 1981, Helen Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008.
Government of Montenegro and the UNDP have developed strong partnerships which has been continually upgraded by the implementation of a significant number of projects aimed at further development of the Montenegrin society, the meeting between Prime Minister Milo and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark concluded.
AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim and UNDP administrator Helen Clark also attended.
This historic transition from one democratically elected civilian government to another represents an important consolidation of democracy in Pakistan," UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said in a letter to the Pakistani leader.
CONGRATULATIONS to Helen Holland, from Coventry, and Helen Clark, from Brentwood, Essex, who each scooped PS1,000 in our competition with Bacs, the people behind the Direct Debit system.
Helen Clark a ete reconduite vendredi a un second mandat a la tete du Programme des Nations Unies pour le developpement (PNUD).