UNDP Administrator visits Chile

03 Nov 2009

Helen Clark began a three-day trip to Chile today, meeting with President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez Amuntategui.  She also spoke to UN Resident Coordinators at the beginning of their annual meeting, stating that until the global recession hit, and notwithstanding the pressures on developing countries of high food and fuel prices and climate volatility, this region was on track to achieve a number of the Millennium Development Goals, including the target for reducing extreme poverty.

“Where MDG progress has been slow so often relates to the low priority given to the needs and status of women,” Clark said.  “In this region UNDP has been very active in addressing challenges related to gender inequality, including violence against women and the need for better balance between work and family life. I believe it will be critical for gender analysis to be applied in the preparations for the 2010 high level MDG review next year at the UN General Assembly. All development stakeholders need to become more aware of how attending to women’s needs will help achieve a wide range of development goals.”