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Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

Helen  Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

On 31 March 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved Helen Clark of New Zealand as the new Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for a term of four years.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nominated Helen Clark to replace outgoing Administrator, Kemal Dervis of Turkey.

Helen Clark assumed her post on 20 April 2009.

Helen Clark has been a member of the New Zealand Parliament since 1981, and was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. Concurrently, she held a number of other portfolios including Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage.

In government, Helen Clark led her country's policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental, and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change, and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi faith society.

She was also a very active leader of her country's international relations at bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels.

She has been a strong supporter of development and the achievement of the MDGs.

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 prioritized 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. Miss Clark was educated at Auckland University where she studied Political Studies and History.

She graduated with a BA in 1971 and MA (Hons) in 1974.