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Helen Clark      

Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme & Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Helen Clark was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from April 2009 until April 2017 and its first female leader. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group.

From 1999 to 2008, Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand. Throughout her tenure, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high investment in education and health.

Clark became Prime Minister after an extensive political career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, she was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008.

Between 1987 and 1990, she was a Minister responsible for the portfolios of Conservation and Housing, and then Health and Labour. She was Deputy Prime Minister between August 1989 and November 1990.

Prior to entering parliament, Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland where she also received her bachelor's and master’s degrees.


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Seth Wenig—AP Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and senior United Nations official, speaks during an interview in New York on April 4,  ...

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