UNDP Head Helen Clark delivers free public lectures this week

14 October 2013

United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark will deliver two free public lectures at the University of Sydney this week, sharing her highly influential views on the future drivers of global economic and social progress.

Ms Clark has been an enthusiast of international development and social justice issues for several years. As New Zealand's prime minister from 1999 until 2008 she engaged widely in international policy development and advocacy issues before taking on the third most senior role at the UN in 2009. She has featured on Forbes list of the world's most powerful women for 10 years, where she is currently ranked 21st.

Her Sydney Ideas talk Sustaining the Rise of the South: Where to From Here? will examine how economic progress made this century has impacted on the world's development needs. She will also deliver the Sydney Medical School's 2013 Lambie Dew Oration, focusing on the need to continue giving health top priority as the world strives towards the eradication of poverty.

Sustaining the Rise of the South will outline the shift in economic and geopolitical dynamics driven by high-performing emerging economies, as highlighted in the UNDP's recent report The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. The report projects that the combined economic output of three leading developing countries - Brazil, China and India - will surpass aggregate production in Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy by 2020. It also points out improvements this century in key development measures across the globe: life expectancy, education attainment and command over the resources needed for a decent living.

However, in her Sydney Ideas talk Ms Clark will point out that economic growth alone doesn't necessarily translate into human development progress. She will outline areas the world needs to continue focusing on - including enhancing gender equity and confronting environmental pressures - in order to sustain development momentum.

In the Lambie Dew Oration - an annual address delivered by someone who has had a major impact on health - Ms Clark will outline how health needs will shape the UNDP targets that succeed its anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals post 2015. Ms Clark will set forth a vision for sustainable health development, drawing on global consultations which consistently highlight health as a top priority around the world.

Sydney Ideas event details:
What: Sustaining the Rise of the South: Where to From Here
Where: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, cnr Bridge and Macquarie Streets, Sydney
When: Wednesday 16 October, 6-7.30pm
Cost: Free
Registration: Online registration essential

2013 Lambie Dew Oration details:
Where:  Great Hall, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney, Camperdown 
When: Tuesday 15 October, 5.30-7.30pm
Cost: Free
Registration: Online registration essential

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