UNDP head meets Rwanda’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance

28 Oct 2012

Kigali - The United Nations Development Programme’s Administrator Helen Clark has arrived in Rwanda for a three-day visit.

Helen Clark’s visit is timed around the annual African Economic Conference which is co-organised by UNDP, the Africa Development Bank, and the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa. The conference, which is taking place in Kigali  for the first time, is bringing together hundreds of participants to debate Africa’s prospects for sustainable and inclusive growth in the context of the persisting economic crisis.

Today, in Kigali, Helen Clark met Rwanda’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Co-operationand of Finance and Economic Planning, development partners, UN Country Team members, and UN staff. Tomorrow she will meet with President Paul Kagame and with parliamentarian, and speak at opening sessions of the African Economic Conference.

Rwanda is making tremendous progress on many MDG goals and targets. Both Rwanda and the UN want to see the most made of the three years remaining before the 2015 target date for meeting many of the targets.

After her arrival on Sunday October 28th, Helen Clark visited the Genocide Memorial Site of Gisozi and was deeply moved by the evidence on display of the 1994  Genocide. “We must never forget the victims of this catastrophe. The memorial site and associated museum make a contribution to ensuring that genocide  never occurs again. I was also pleased to be able to unveil the new memorial plaque to the UN staff who died in the 1994 genocide”, Helen Clark said.

Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and a former long-serving parliamentarian. She became the first female Administrator of UNDP in April 2009. She chairs the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) which co-ordinates across the UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and departments which are associated with development.