UN Development Chief in South Africa to highlight the MDGs

12 May 2010

Helen Clark, the Administrator of UNDP, arrives in Johannesburg on 12 May for a three-day official visit where she will meet with President Jacob Zuma and other senior government officials and host a discussion on gender in South Africa with women leaders from business, politics, academia and the media.

During her visit, Miss Clark will launch the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) campaign song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "8 Goals for Africa". The song is performed by eight African artists including Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Angelique Kidjo and Oliver Mtukudzi. It encourages commitment to the achievement of the MDGs – eight internationally-agreed goals to alleviate poverty - and is part of the global UN MDGs campaign in preparation for the world leaders’ MDGs summit in September, in New York. She will also kick off a football tournament for young boys and girls at the Alexander Football Club grounds in Alexander Township.

Miss Clark will be in South Africa as part of a four-country MDGs Africa trip which has already taken her to Mali, Burkina Faso and Tanzania.

Contact Information

Maureen Mundea
maureen.mundea@undp.org

Phone: +27 11 6035513
Mobile: +27 716718734