New Zealand’s Candidate for the United Nations Secretary-General
Helen Clark is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Under Helen Clark’s leadership, UNDP has topped the international Aid Transparency Index for the last two years.
Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999–2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.
In April, Helen Clark was nominated by the New Zealand Government for the position of UN Secretary-General.
Helen Clark has a strong interest in communication and the power and reach of social media. She joined Twitter in 2010 and has been an avid tweeter since, using the medium to spark conversations on development issues and most recently, her campaign for UN Secretary-General. In addition, Helen Clark regularly engages with thousands of community members on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.