Tribute to Helen Clark – leaves UNDP after eight years as Administrator

Apr 19, 2017

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New York – The following is a statement on behalf of President of the UNDP Executive Board, Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, on the departure of Helen Clark as Administrator of UNDP:

“Helen Clark today completes her time as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she has spearheaded significant development and institutional reforms and been a highly visible communicator since assuming the position of UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group in 2009.

“Throughout her two terms at UNDP, Helen has been committed to making it a highly transparent and accountable organisation. The independent organisation Publish What You Fund has ranked UNDP as the most transparent aid organisation in the world over the past two years.

“Helen Clark worked to reform UNDP to make it a more modern organization, able to meet new challenges in a changing world. UNDP today is leaner, more focused, and more effective.

“For eight years, Helen Clark has focused her work and advocacy on the needs of the poor and marginalized around the world, be it in promoting the rights of women, LGBTI, refugees and migrants, and people with HIV/AIDs or in areas such as environmental protection, climate action, disaster risk reduction, and democratic governance.

“During her tenure, the ratio of women to men at UNDP reached 50 per cent, including at the most senior level of the organisation.

“As a communicator, Helen Clark has used various social media platforms to advocate directly to the public on important global issues.  She has consistently been ranked as the top communicator at the UN for her continual interaction with broad audiences.

“On behalf of the UNDP Executive Board, I thank Helen Clark for her outstanding service to the United Nations and to development.”

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