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UNITED NATIONS, April 12 — The administrator of the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, was given a second term
Friday to remain at the helm of the UN development agency.
The 67th session of the UN General Assembly confirmed Clark’s reappointment as the head of the UNDP.
While addressing the UN General Assembly, Clark pledged that during
her second term, UNDP would continue to focus on sustainable human
development and poverty eradication. “I will remain firmly focused on
MDG achievement and on accelerating efforts up to 2015 and beyond.”
MDG stands for a set of eight anti-poverty target, adopted at the UN
Millennium Summit in 2000 and designed to be achieved by the deadline of
“I look forward to implementing this vision and to making UNDP an
ever more transparent, accountable, and effective organization, ” she
Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, became the UNDP
administrator in April 2009. She is the first woman to lead the
She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a
committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and
departments working on development issues.
The UNDP is put in charge of UN’s global development network and is
mandated to work with countries to reduce poverty, promote development
and combat climate change. With activities in more than 160 countries,
the UNDP works throughout the developing world helping countries meet
their development goals.