Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Can't keep a good woman down...

Clark will be 'spinning wheels' to start UN job:


The United Nations General assembly has approved former prime minister Helen Clark as the new head of the UN Development Programme.
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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.