Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister, New Zealand; Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Co-chair, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
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About Helen Clark

Helen Clark is a respected global leader in sustainable development, gender equality and international co-operation. She served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change. 

She then became the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017, the first woman to lead the organisation. She was 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. 

In 2019 Helen Clark became patron of The Helen Clark Foundation. She is an active member of various international organisations. 

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