The United Nations General assembly has approved former prime minister Helen Clark as the new head of the UN Development Programme.
The position is the third highest in the UN, behind the secretary-general and his deputy.
The former prime minister - from 1999 to 2008 - gained unanimous approval from the 192-nation General Assembly.
The UNDP oversees a global development network with an estimated US$13 billion ($23.12 billion) in resources. It operates in 166 nations.
Clark is, by the way, impressive and articulate in person. I'd place her up against any world leader - the timing wasn't right for her to be Secretary General last time, but she's still in the running for the next opening. Incidentally, the budget for the agency is about a third of total NZ government revenues.