Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

New Zealand
Former Prime Minister,
New Zealand

Improving women's sexual and reproductive health is an essential part of advancing gender equality and the broader human development agenda. Achieving universal access to reproductive health services is also envisaged in the Millennium Development Goals, and reaching that would help nations and communities also reach other MDGs.

— The Right Honorable Helen Clark


The Right Honorable Helen Clark, a New Zealand politician, served three terms as prime minister from 1999 to 2008. During her presidency, New Zealand achieved economic growth and increased investment in health and education. She is the first woman to head the United Nations Development Programme, where she has served since 2009. Administrator Clark is also the chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee made up of heads of the UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues. Before resigning from Parliament in April 2009, Clark was foreign affairs spokeswoman for New Zealand's Labour Party and had been a member of Parliament for the Mount Albert electorate since 1981.