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Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Helen Clark Hit Her First Glass Ceiling at the UN

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark says the rejection of her bid to become the next UN secretary general was a blow for women, but the security council weren’t looking for an “independent-minded…

Helen Clark To Step Down As UNDP Chief In April

Helen Clark To Step Down As UNDP Chief In April

“Helen Clark, the highest ranking woman at the United Nations, is stepping down as director of the UN Development Programme in April”, as reported on Channel News Asia. “It has been an honour…

Tekapo Range a Backcountry Skiing Paradise

Tekapo Range a Backcountry Skiing Paradise

New Zealand-born private arts advisor, curator and photographer Helen Klisser During has found the perfect backcountry skiing paradise – in the Two Thumb Mountain Range near Lake Tekapo. Together with four friends (including former New…

Helen Clark on Why You Should Never Have a Plan B

Helen Clark on Why You Should Never Have a Plan B

The greatest challenge for women is getting into leadership positions, not actually leading, says Helen Clark former Prime Minister of New Zealand and current head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Clark outlines…

Helen Clark Rallies Caribbean in UN Bid

Helen Clark Rallies Caribbean in UN Bid

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, the administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently lobbied Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries as she seeks to replace Ban Ki-moon as the next…

Helen Clark Named One of World’s Most Powerful Women

Helen Clark Named One of World’s Most Powerful Women

Helen Clark has been ranked #22 on Forbes Magazine’s “World’s Most Powerful Women” list. The former New Zealand Prime Minister and head of the United Nations Development Program is currently a candidate for the…

Helen Clark Says World Needs Action on Forest Land Rights to Meet Climate Goals

Helen Clark Says World Needs Action on Forest Land Rights to Meet Climate Goals

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has “warned that global climate change goals cannot be achieved without a united push to secure land rights for the world’s indigenous forest communities”, as reported by…

Helen Clark Launches Campaign to Lead UN

Helen Clark Launches Campaign to Lead UN

New Zealand’s former prime minister Helen Clark has begun her campaign to become the first woman to lead the United Nations, saying in Paris that, “peace really matters to women”. Clark has led the…

Helen Clark stands for UN Secretary-General

Helen Clark stands for UN Secretary-General

Watch the press conference held at the New Zealand Mission in New York with Helen Clark standing for the role of United Nations Secretary-General. The United Nations (UN) is…

Helen Clark’s Leadership Capabilities Outshine Her Zip Code

Helen Clark’s Leadership Capabilities Outshine Her Zip Code

“‘I can offer the style of leadership needed today’. Such words sound unremarkable coming from a politician in this messy and pivotal election cycle. But when they come from the right woman with an…

Global Media Hail Helen Clark’s UN Bid

Global Media Hail Helen Clark’s UN Bid

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s announced candidacy for the position of Secretary-General at the United Nations has been hailed around the world by international media. The UN’s current top ranked woman as head of the…

Helen Clark Says Living Standards of 2 Billion Better

Helen Clark Says Living Standards of 2 Billion Better

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), led by New Zealander Helen Clark, says that 2 billion people have lifted themselves out of low human development in the last 25 years. The Human Development…

Face of Climate Change – Helen Clark

Face of Climate Change – Helen Clark

Helen Clark, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former Prime Minister of New Zealand was featured in an article on the Deutsche Welle as one of the faces…

Helen Clark Comments on 70 Years of the UN

Helen Clark Comments on 70 Years of the UN

As the UN marks the 70th anniversary of its founding this autumn, those imperfections – and how the UN addresses them – have come to the fore as the organisation struggles to define its…

Helen Clark Ranked 23rd Most Powerful Woman

Helen Clark Ranked 23rd Most Powerful Woman

Helen Clark has been ranked #23 in Forbes annual audit – The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.    “As the most powerful woman in the United Nations (and first UNDP female head), Helen…

New Zealand: the Other Half of the Anzac Legend

New Zealand: the Other Half of the Anzac Legend

As the centenary of the Gallipoli landings approaches Australians need to consider the other half of the ANZAC acronym, University of Sydney history professor Mark McKenna writes for the Conversation. The rise of Anzac…

Helen Clark Joins Fight to Ban Ivory Trading

Helen Clark Joins Fight to Ban Ivory Trading

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark has joined prominent New Zealand business leaders, respected conservationist Jane Goodall, WildAid and the Environmental Investigation Agency – to formally urge the New Zealand…

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde has visited former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in New York – all in between winning Billboard awards and launching her own make-up line with M.A.C Cosmetics. Ms Clark posted a…

The World Could Do with More Helen Clarks

The World Could Do with More Helen Clarks

Ranked 21st most powerful woman in the world, Helen Clark, 63, New Zealand’s Prime Minister for nine years, and now head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), gives Telegraph journalist Louisa Peacock a…

Clark Tipped for Top UN Job

Clark Tipped for Top UN Job

Introducing UN Secretary General … Helen Clark? The Guardian is tipping the former prime minister is the prime candidate to replace incumbent Ban Ki-Moon when he steps down in two years. Clark was New…

Kiwi Women Lead Cultural Renaissance

Kiwi Women Lead Cultural Renaissance

Once upon a time New Zealand cultural values were based on the unholy trinity of rugby, racing and beer. Then the marketing concepts – clean and green; 100% Pure – were added to the…

We’ll Never be Royals – Clark

We’ll Never be Royals – Clark

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark appears to have taken teenage pop sensation Lorde’s lyrical sentiment – “We’ll never be royals” – to heart. In comments following a meeting at Clarence House in London with…

Helen Clark Tackles Digital Discrimination

Helen Clark Tackles Digital Discrimination

Digital gender inequality – women’s access to technology is less than men’s – is being tackled by the United Nations in a new report unveiled by Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme….

Big Visions for UNDP’s Leading Woman

Big Visions for UNDP’s Leading Woman

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, currently administrator of the United Nations Development Program, features in CNN’s monthly column, “Leading Women”, which connects readers to “extraordinary women of our time.” Almost a decade before…

Yes she can: Helen Clark at TEDxAuckland

Yes she can: Helen Clark at TEDxAuckland

Former Prime Minister speaks at TEDxAuckland 2013about women and leadership. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Do You Pass the Test?

Do You Pass the Test?

Here are some of the 31 signs you are the child of New Zealand expatriates, according to viral news site, BuzzFeed. The site also recommends not forwarding the information to people with Australian parents….

Equality for Economic Progress

Equality for Economic Progress

Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New Zealander Helen Clark, said the UN must not backtrack on women’s reproductive rights and that women must have access to health services. Speaking…

Clark Calls for Action

Clark Calls for Action

Helen Clark is calling for swift action to halt a surge of diseases such as cancer and diabetes in the Pacific, writes the Samoa Observer. Ms. Clark, a former New Zealand Prime Minister, is…

Clark Discusses Mali’s Future

Clark Discusses Mali’s Future

According to former Prime Minister Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Program since 2009, Mali needs a very clear timetable for national dialogue, constitutional reform and improved governance. “You have to do…

Clark Pleads Complexity

Clark Pleads Complexity

Administrator of the United Nations’ Development program Helen Clark is in a philosophical and operational stoush with her governing board over approaches to global poverty reduction. The UNDP board issued a report…

Our Great Women Celebrated

Our Great Women Celebrated

New Zealand Women’s Weekly marks eight decades of publication after being launched in the depths of the Great Depression and lists the top 10 women who have shaped New Zealand. After former…

Committed to Social Cohesion

Committed to Social Cohesion

Helen Clark, formerly New Zealand prime minister, has just announced that she will be seeking a second term as the first female head of the UN Development Programme. While visiting Brussels, she spoke to…

We’ve Heard of Her

We’ve Heard of Her

Former prime minister Helen Clark, who is now administrator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has topped a list of 25 women in a Foreign Policy magazine article called, “The most powerful women…

Communicating with China

Communicating with China

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark has said that China can play a rebalancing role in the current global financial crisis to combat future global poverty and that one of the greatest…

Norwegian Inspiration

Norwegian Inspiration

Helen Clark, the first woman to be elected prime minister of New Zealand and now an administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is included in an Intelligent Life special called ‘Inspiring Women’,…

Helen Clark Visits Christchurch Earthquake Site

Helen Clark Visits Christchurch Earthquake Site

UN Development Programme head and former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark visits quake-stricken Canterbury.

Welcome to Grimsby

Welcome to Grimsby

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, the first female administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the third-highest UN position, will make an appearance at Grimsby Central Hall on November 19 to discuss the…

Attention to Change

Attention to Change

Former prime minister Helen Clark, now head of the United Nation’s Development Agency, was recently at Sydney’s Lowy Institute calling for climate change to be put at the centre of international development strategies. In…

Knighthood for Jackson

Knighthood for Jackson

Director Peter Jackson was among five New Zealanders to become knights or dames after a return to New Year’s honours. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark — who axed British honours while in office —…

Clark enjoys anonymity

Clark enjoys anonymity

Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) former Prime Minister Helen Clark, 59, has told the Dominion Post that “New Zealand is just not quite big enough for me at the moment”…

New Zealander in NY

New Zealander in NY

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, now in the role of administrator for the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), talks candidly to TV1’s Breakfast show host Paul Henry in New York about “fitting in” as…

Charismatic Leader

Charismatic Leader

Chief executive of New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, Dr Seddon Bennington, 61, died on July 15 tramping in the Tararua Ranges, a sight Dr Bennington admired from his office window, “frequently think of…

To Save the Queen or Not

To Save the Queen or Not

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, 59, who has given her valedictory speech to the House after 27 years as an MP, said the country’s institutions had “evolved a long way from our colonial heritage”….

Clark’s UN role confirmed

Clark’s UN role confirmed

Helen Clark’s nomination to lead the United Nations Development Program has been officially announced by Michele Montas, spokeswoman for the UN secretary general, in New York today. As the former New Zealand Prime Minister,…

Clark First Choice for UN Role

Clark First Choice for UN Role

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has been tipped to head the United Nations Development Programme, according to an unnamed UN official. If confirmed in this posting, Clark will be responsible for the…

Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

Former Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Helen Clark is a candidate for the position of administrator of the UN Development Program, three below the UN secretary-general. The role becomes available in August when…

Key In Clark Out

Key In Clark Out

National Party leader John Key, 47, has ousted Labour’s Helen Clark from office and a nine-year term, with a mantra of change. Prime Minister Helen Clark conceded defeat. Clark, 58, has led the country…

The World Mourns Our Humble Colossus

The World Mourns Our Humble Colossus

Sir Edmund Hillary – adventurer, philanthropist and global icon – has died aged 88. The lanky beekeeper from Tuakau found international fame in 1953 as the first person to scale Mt Everest, together with…

Renewing Friendships, Broadening Horizons

Renewing Friendships, Broadening Horizons

Helen Clark was the first foreign leader to meet with Kevin Rudd in his new role as Australian prime minister. The pair met for a casual lunch at Rudd’s Brisbane home, where they discussed climate change ahead…

NZ Unites Against Death Penalty

NZ Unites Against Death Penalty

NZ has joined a United Nations effort seeking the worldwide abolition of the death penalty. Co-sponsors of the UN resolution include Brazil, East Timor, Gabon, Mexico, the Philippines and Portugal. “Capital punishment is the ultimate form of…

Passchendaele Remembered

Passchendaele Remembered

NZ and Australian leaders led commemorations at the 90th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele in Belgium this month. PM Helen Clark and Australian Governor General Michael Jeffery paid tribute to the 10,000 ANZAC…

Flag Debate Resurfaces

Flag Debate Resurfaces

The debate over NZ’s national flag is in the spotlight again, after PM Helen Clark publicly proposed removing the Union Jack from its design. “I think people could debate the flag the way Canada…

Green Choice for NZ Motorists

Green Choice for NZ Motorists

NZ has launched its first commercial biofuel – Gull Force 10. Available through Gull Petroleum stations, the “green” fuel blends 90 per cent premium gasoline with 10 per cent bioethanol made from cows’ milk. “We are serious…

Potential World Heritage Sites in NZ

Potential World Heritage Sites in NZ

UNESCO is considering three NZ locations as potential World Heritage Sites at the request of PM Helen Clark, who is also NZ’s Minister of Culture and Heritage. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kerikeri Basin and…

Clark Visits Oval Office

Clark Visits Oval Office

Helen Clark made an official visit to Washington last month, in what was her second such meeting with President Bush and just the third between NZ and US leaders in the last 24 years. Bush described Clark…

Remembrance Made Permanent

Remembrance Made Permanent

The long-awaited NZ war memorial in London’s Hyde Park was officially opened on Remembrance Day, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, Tony Blair and Helen Clark. Described as “striking” by…