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Meeting Development Challenges in the 21st Century

LSE Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) and International Growth Centre public lecture

Date: Friday 12 March 2010 
Time: 1-2pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Helen Clark
Chair: Professor Robert Wade

In recent times, the challenges of the developing world have been compounded by multiple crises: the food and fuel crises, the global recession, and devastating natural disasters. There is also the huge climate challenge. How can the international community move the development agenda forward, and stay focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015?

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 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.


A transcript of Helen Clark's lecture is now available online:

Meeting Development Challenges in the 21st Century (UNDP Newsroom)


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