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Her Voice

“We have to make sure that there really is a choice for all women to choose the lives that they want to lead.”

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Ms. Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008, after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career.  

In April 2009, Ms. Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was the first woman to lead the organisation, and served two terms there. At the same time, she was also Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of all UN funds, programmes, agencies, and departments working on development issues. As Administrator, she led UNDP to be ranked the most transparent global development organisation. She completed her tenure in 2017.

Ms. Clark continues to be a strong voice for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on pressing global health issues. In July 2020, she was appointed by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation as a Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, called for by the World Health Assembly, which reported in May this year.