Helen Clark farewells UN
Former prime minister Helen Clark has marked her last day at the United Nations with tributes to her reforms at the organisation, while her future plans remain unclear.
Clark stepped down as administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) last week at the end of her secondfour year term, following an unsuccessful bid to become UN Secretary-General.
UN representatives and organisations posted a number of messages online marking her last day, with one describing her as ‘‘an endless source of inspiration, leadership and good humour’’.
In a statement, UNDP executive board president Ib Petersen said Clark had ‘‘spearheaded significant development and institutional reforms’’ during her time in charge, helping to modernise the organisation and improving the ratio of female to male employees.
The former Labour leader, who was Prime Minister for nine years, vied for the UN’s top job with more than 50 nations campaigning to elect the first female Secretary-General.
However, a series of poor showings in straw polls undermined her chances, as she consistently came towards the bottom of the pack.
Clark announced her departure from the UNDP in January, telling staff at the organisation it had been an honour.
Her future career plans are unclear.
Helen Clark’s future career plans are unclear.