Friday, April 17, 2009

Helen Clark: incoming head of the United Nations Development Programme

If Jean Batten was, in my opinion, the Number One daughter of New Zealand, then Helen Clark is the Number Two.

I took this photo when Helen visited my school. I also had a photo taken with her which I posted earlier last month.The water engineer was overseas when I has the photo taken, and he couldn't believe his eyes.

At that time, she had lost the election, lost her prime ministership she held for nine years. My friend C said Helen was destined for higher places. 

True to C's words, Helen is now, the incoming head of the United Nations Development Programme, being appointed unanimously by the 192-member General Assembly.Her new position is the third most powerful in the UN, behind only the secretary general and his deputy. She replaces Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish cabinet minister.

Way to go, Ka Pai!  Helen. 


Bitsa Lit said...

Cool! Congrats to Helen Clark on her new position and congrats to NZ for having a Kiwi high up in the UN! Thats Awesome!

Ruth said...

She must be a remarkable woman. Good for her. I hope as more and more women take roles of leadership, we will see outlooks shift.