Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She also chairs the United Nations Development Group.
Helen Clark: Statement on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
I welcome this momentous decision by Member States to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals which will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous, and sustainable future.
Sustainable development in the 21st century is not something which happens to somebody else, somewhere else. We all have a stake in it -- and every country has work to do to progress towards it.
The good news is that our world has more wealth, more knowledge, and more technologies at its disposal than ever before. The challenges we face are mostly human induced. We can tackle them, but not if we keep doing business as usual and expecting different results.
Ours is the last generation which can head off the worst effects of climate change, and the first generation with the wealth and knowledge to eradicate poverty. For this, fearless leadership from us all is needed.
If the global community collectively is prepared to step up to the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then there’s a chance of achieving sustainable development – and with it better prospects for people and our planet.
- 31 May 2016:Film star Michelle Yeoh kicks off UNDP’s panda cub-naming competition to promote Global Goals
- 27 May 2016:Helen Clark: Opening statement on “Financing the SDGs in the LDCs: Diversifying the Financing Tool-Box and Managing Vulnerability” UNDP-AFD (French Development Agency)
- 27 May 2016:Helen Clark: Speech at the Opening Plenary Session of the Comprehensive High-Level Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Actions for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020