Former Prime Minister Helen Clark stepping down from her position at UN

New Zealand's first Elected Woman Prime Minister, Helen Clark has told the UN she will step down as head of the UNDP when her term ends in April.

A letter had been circulated and as per the Herald reported the letter stated:

Helen Clark's letter reads:

"Dear colleagues,

I am writing to advise all staff that I have informed the Secretary General that I am preparing to leave my position as Administrator at the end of my second term on 19 April.

This will allow the Secretary General to appoint a new Administrator as soon as possible. I stand ready to support the transition to the new leader of the organisation. I have full confidence in our Associate Administrator, Tege Gettu, to act as Administrator if there is a gap between my departure and the arrival of the next Administrator.

This is not my final message to staff - there is much to be done between now and 19 April. There is, for example, a timetable for tabling the draft of the next Strategic Plan to enable it to be discussed at the Executive Board's Annual Meeting on 31 May. It is my desire to see all aspects of the organization in a strong and sustainable state when the next Administrator assumes office.

These are times of change across the UN system. There are post-QCPR reviews being commissioned which may impact on UNDP. While these processes are unfolding, I urge you all to continue to deliver to the high standards for which UNDP is known. Making progress on the SDGs and on supporting national development achievements must continue unabated.

It has been a privilege and an honour for me to lead UNDP for eight years. Our staff are our greatest strength, and I will miss you all. I will offer my thanks and gratitude more fully nearer to my departure."

Andrew Litttle, current Labour Leader, posted this comment on Twitter today.

Clark aimed to be the First New Zealand Prime Minister, when she went head to head for the New Zealand Labour Party against Jim Bolger of the National Party in 1996 which failed, and Jenny Shipley became the first Woman Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Helen Clark became Prime Minister in 1999 when a coalition deal was arranged. Clark lead the Government for 3 terms before being defeated by the John Key led National Party. After this Helen Clark was quick to resign and soon became the first Woman to head the United Nations Development Program.

Helen Clark even ran for the position of United Nations Security General, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

Helen Clark, often called Aunty Helen, has Served the Country well and Proud.

Published by D Blair, Hamilton. Image By United Nations Development Programme - helen clark, CC BY 2.0, Link

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