Sustaining the Rise of the South: where to from here?

Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Program

Helen Clark’s lecture will examine the shift in global economic and geopolitical dynamics, driven by high-performing countries in the South, and the requirements for sustaining development progress. Building on key findings of UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”, and examining recent events including widespread popular protests and indications of a global economic slowdown, Helen Clark will offer an analysis on what is needed to inject momentum back into development and set a post-2015 development agenda which meets citizen demands.

Helen Clark

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. 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.

Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.

Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens. She and her government prioritized reconciliation and the settlement of historical grievances with New Zealand’s indigenous people and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society.