UNDP and the United Nations General Assembly - 2011

Sep 18, 2011

This month, the world gathers again in New York for the 66th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During its General Debate, 193 UN Member States will meet to discuss the steps necessary to improve the lives of people everywhere.  This past week, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark joined more than 20 of the world's powerful women to call for more female representation in parliaments and political life.

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