UNDP’s Helen Clark to provide keynote speech during IsDB Governors’ Forum

May 8, 2016

Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will provide a keynote speech during the Islamic Development Bank’s (IsDB) Governors’ Forum. The Forum will take place on 18 May 2016, during the IsDB Annual Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia (15-19 May 2016).  The theme for the Forum this year is “Leveraging Innovation for Sustainable Development in IsDB Member Countries.”

The IsDB Governors’ Forum is a discussion platform for finance ministers from IsDB member countries and other global experts. The aim of the Forum is to deliberate on topical development challenges facing member countries and to suggest practical solutions. 

After her keynote speech, Ms. Helen Clark will join the finance ministers of Egypt, Senegal, Turkey and Pakistan for a panel discussion on Leveraging Innovation for SDGs. Veteran journalist and Emerging Markets Editor of CNN International, Mr. John Defterios, will moderate the Forum. 

“Ms. Helen Clark is an administrator who is not afraid to make hard decisions and has vigorously contributed to the global efforts to eradicate poverty and to develop resilient societies” said Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of IsDB Group. 

“Strengthening innovation in our member countries is a top priority for IsDB.  I thank Ms. Clark for being part of the IsDB Annual Meeting in Jakarta,” Dr. Ahmad Ali stated.  

“Innovation is about using the most up-to-date concepts and means available to get the best development results”, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.  “At UNDP we are seeing more and more governments embracing innovation as a way of accelerating development and making it more participatory.”

After the Governors’ Forum, the President of IsDB, Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, and Ms. Helen Clark will sign an MoU with a joint action plan in order to strengthen the collaboration between the two leading development institutions for effective and sustainable development, particularly in IsDB member countries. 

During the IsDB Annual Meeting in Jakarta, UNDP will participate in ten side events such as Workshop on Innovation Tools for Youth Entrepreneurship; Responding to Countries in Conflict and Fragility; Advancing Islamic Impact Investing for the Achievement of the SDGs, and the 11th Global Forum on Islamic Finance: Role of Islamic Finance in Achieving SDGs, among others.  IsDB and UNDP collective aim is to join forces to address development challenges of the 21st century.

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About IsDB:

IsDB is a multilateral development bank with headquarters in Jeddah, KSA. It consists of 57 member countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The purpose of the bank is to foster the economic development and social progress in its member countries, and Muslim communities in non-member countries. The Bank has regional offices in Kuala Lampur (Malaysia), Rabat (Morocco), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Dakar (Senegal), and several gateway offices and field representatives in different parts of the world.

Contact information

Muhammad Jameel Yusha'u
Email: myushau@isdb.org 
Office: +966126466492
Mobile: +966591188844

Christina LoNigro
Email: Christina.lonigro@undp.org
Office: +1 212 906 5301
Mobile: +1 917 607 9446

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