Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization.
Helen Clark leads CNNi Twitter chat on role of emerging economies in development
UN Development Chief Helen Clark said today that developed and developing countries need each other in the global economic crisis, and that a burgeoning middle class in developing countries can help drive green growth. She made her comments during a CNNi-sponsored Twitter chat on emerging economies such as the so-called BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“#HDR 2013 estimates 3.2 billion in middle class in developing countries by 2030: can help drive green growth,” she tweeted. “I don’t think anyone benefits from global crisis: #HDR2013 points out that North & South need each other.”
The Twitter chat formed a series of events opening the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum from 20-22 June which will look at the role of emerging economies.
She also stressed that growing inequalities worldwide are a big problem because they slow development, and that it could only be tackled with focused strategies and growth that reached everyone.
“Poverty and inequality won’t reduce of own accord: tackling both requires dedicated strategies & inclusive growth.”
Other participants in the chat included the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, Ronaldo Lemos, a leading Brazilian academic, and Shaun Rein, Author of End of Cheap China.
See the entire chat here.
- 25 Apr 2016:Helen Clark: Speech at the Opening Session of the International Conference: “Chernobyl thirty years later. From emergency to recovery and sustainable social-economic development of affected areas.”
- 22 Apr 2016:Helen Clark: Statement on the signing of the Paris Agreement
- 21 Apr 2016:Helen Clark: Speech at High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals