Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008. During her nine years as Prime Minister, New Zealand enjoyed strong economic growth, low unemployment, and significant investment in public services. Her government set clear objectives for sustainable development and climate action. She also championed New Zealand’s independent foreign policy and support for multilateralism.
Subsequently Helen Clark led the United Nations Development Programme from 2009-2017. She was the first woman and first New Zealander to hold the position of Administrator. Helen Clark stepped down after eight years and two terms as Administrator in April 2017. She now engages in public advocacy across a range of issues which motivated her career in public service.