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02/18/2017 at 17:47. Facebook
In Dubai I also spoke on UNDP's recently released Arab Human Development Report on youth. Two-thirds of the Arab States region's population is under the age of thirty, so a new model for youth engagement to produce "development fit for youth" as the Report urges is very important. The report calls for action on three pilllars: education, health, and other services; jobs, justice, and...
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Helen Clark
02/16/2017 at 19:05. Facebook
I was in Dubai in recent days for the World Government Summit, where I gave a keynote speech on trends in global governance - the governance we need to tackle challenges which are beyond the capacity of individual nation states to resolve on their own. I argued that the existing multilateral framework established in the mid 1940s - the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions (IFIs...
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Helen Clark: Keynote Speech on “Improved Global Governance to meet our Shared Challenges”

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Last week UNDP's Executive Board met at the United Nations in New York. The meeting opened with my statement as Administrator, in which I gave an update on UNDP's work. This statement covers UNDP's work to support progress on the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), work in countries in crisis, and ongoing work on UNDP's new Strategic Plan. This will be of interest to those looking for a...
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Helen Clark: Statement to the First Regular Session of the UNDP Executive Board

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Last week I was in Helsinki for the launch of appeals for support for all those impacted by the Syria crisis. After close to six years of crisis, Syrians in Syria and Syrians and their host communities in neighbouring countries have many needs across the humanitarian and development spheres. The end of the crisis is badly needed, but meanwhile we must rally support for people. See my LinkedIn...
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A big week in Helsinki: #SupportSyrians Conference held there in recent days

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Yes, it's official. I am preparing to leave my position as UNDP Administrator at the end of my second term in April. I have had eight incredible years leading this amazing global organisation, which is so well served by dedicated people around the world. I will leave with many good memories of the people and the initiatives I was privileged to lead. [ Nzherald.co.nz Link ]

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark stepping down from her position at UN - World - NZ Herald News

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There are worrying projections for global unemployment in the latest International Labour Organisation (ILO) "World Economic and Social Outlook - Trends 2017" report. In essence, the growth in the labour force is outstripping growth in the creation of jobs. It is forecast that the total number of those unemployed will grow by 3.4 million people this year, and by a further 2.7 million next...
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ILO: Global unemployment expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017

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I posted a few weeks ago on some of the indications that progress on gender equality has stalled - and is even in reverse gear. Here's another indication - the numbers of women holding the highest political office in their countries peaked in 2011, but have now fallen back to 2009 levels. This op ed in the Washington Post calls the decline "stunning". Work to do to achieve gender equality in...
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The number of countries with female political leaders has plummeted

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2017 is the second year of implementation of the new global agenda - Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. In December I visited Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan to speak to staff and students about the challenges and opportunities for the new agenda. Meeting the aspiration to leave no one behind in development will require addressing inequalities and discrimination - including...
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Helen Clark: Lecture at Kwansei Gakuin University “Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing the New Global Agendas”

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Wishing all a Happy New Year 2017. 2016 was a year when bad, and often very bad, news dominated the headlines; yet, as this blog points out, many positive things happened too, across all areas of life. Let us hope that this year will see an end to the protracted conflicts which are destroying lives and hopes, steady progress on the eradication of poverty in all its forms, and more...
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The 99 best things that happened in 2016, from Ebola’s eradication in West Africa to saving the manatees

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Special places - in August I was fortunate to be able to visit Nairobi National Park, located on the edge of the city very close to the airport. Its almost 29,000 acres are host to numerous species. I saw gazelles, impalas, water and bush bucks, giraffes, white rhino, and numerous bird species. UNDP is active on wildlife conservation issues in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. I fully recommend...
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2016 retrospective: I loved my visit to Barbados in September for the launch of UNDP's Caribbean Human Development Report (HDR). While there I was able to drive around this fascinating country, and to see some of the challenges exacerbated by climate change. At Martins Bay (below), local residents briefed us on the coastal erosion they are experiencing, and on the steps being taken to put in...
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Wishing all who celebrate Christmas around our world a Merry Xmas: may it be a day of peace and understanding in our troubled world. My photo shows the New Zealand Christmas tree - the pohutukawa which flowers on the coast at Xmas time. This story from Bethlehem on Xmas eve of Christian and Muslim Palestinians expressing their respect for each other's beliefs and of people gathering from...
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Last week I attended the Third World Assembly for Women convened by Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo. The new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda, is very strong on gender equality and women's empowerment, but there will have to be enormous political will now to meet its aspirations. On current trends, it will take 82 years to reach gender parity in the world's parliaments,...
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Last week I visited El Salvador, a country I had read about for many years before and since its civil war. The latter is dated as beginning in 1980, and ending with UN-facilitated peace accords in January 1992. The 25th anniversary of the accords will be marked on 16 January next year. Today El Salvador is facing a scourge of armed violence (in 2015 it had the highest homicide rate in the...
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I've been in Honduras over the past two days, meeting partners and looking at UNDP work. Today I visited two initiatives supported by the Adaptation Fund of the Global Environment Facility and implemented by UNDP with government and municipal partners. In the photos below: 1. A local resident in a steep hillside neighborhood showed us how heavy rains in the past had swept through homes causing...
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Just completed a wonderful three day visit to Burkina Faso . A highlight of it was the journey to Dori, capital of the northern Sahel region, for the launch of a new programme by the President to boost local development, including through rolling out more basic energy installations in villages and supporting micro-business and SME development. The photos below show some of the added value...
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Another incredible day in Tafilalet region of Morocco looking at sustainable development initiatives in which UNDP is involved. In the photos: 1. Women in Goulmima: this township now has a laundromat which saves women huge amounts of time - previously they hand washed everything in the river, which was also bad for water quality. Now they have time for work which earns income. 2. This photo...
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Traditional welcome in Merzouga, eastern Morocco, today, where UNDP supports development of sustainable ecotourism. Also visited rural development initiatives which are part of the UNDP Tafiladet Oasis Programme: working to preserve oasis ecosystems, introduce drip irrigation & solar power, support eco-education in schools, and improve livelihoods. This is one of the poorest regions of Morocco.
Today I'm visiting UNDP programmes in East Morocco . The Tafiladet Oasis Programme is about integrated rural development which protects the oasis ecosystems. UNDP has introduced solar power, drip irrigation, higher value medicinal and herb crops - al leading to improved livelihoods in one of Morocco's poorest regions. Ecotourism is also being supported, along with eco-education in schools. The...
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A highlight of my visit to Equatorial Guinea was visiting the Gran Caldera de Luba Scientific Reserve at the southern end of Bioko, the island on which the country's capital is located. The area has large tracts of virgin forest and great biodiversity - seven species of primates are there along with rare birds and endangered turtles. UNDP has Global Environment Facility-funded work in the...
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