THE Minister for Community Development, Dame Carol Kidu, has welcomed the proposed visit to PNG by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), MS. Helen Clark.
She will visit the country from Feb 13 to 15.
Ms Clark, a New Zealander, is the first high ranking female United Nations official to visit Papua New Guinea. Prior to her appointment as the UNDP Administrator, Ms. Clark was New Zealand's Prime Minister from 1999 to 2008.
Ms Clark, 60, was born on Feb 26, 1950 in Hamilton New Zealand, the eldest of four daughters. Her father George was a farmer, and her mother, Margaret McMurray was a primary school teacher. Ms. Clark studied at Te Pahu Primary School, Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland, and at the University of Auckland where she majored in politics and graduated with an MA (Honours) in 1974. Her thesis focused on rural political behavior and representation.
Ms. Clark was a junior lecture in political studies at the University of Auckland from 1973 to 1975. In 1976, she did post graduate studies overseas, and then lectured in political studies at Auckland again while studying for her PhD.
She was elected to Parliament in 1981. She is married to Professor Peter Davis, who is a Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Auckland.
As New Zealand Prime Minister, Ms. Clark was a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and Prime Ministers whose task was to organise the highest level of women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.
Dame Carol said Ms. Clark was one of the world's leading woman leaders who as New Zealand Prime Minister was a member of the Council of Women Leaders, an International network of current and former presidents and prime ministers whose task were to organise the highest level of women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.
Ms Clark was appointed as the Administrator of the UNDP on April 17, 2009 and is the first woman to lead the organisation.
She is also the Chair of the United Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.
Dame Carol said while in PNG, Ms Clark would meet with the Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, the Governor General Grand Chief Sir Paulias Matane , and other senior government officials.
Dame Carol said Ms Clark would also meet with officials from the Department of Community Development, the National Council of Women, NGOs and Churches.
While in PNG, Ms Clark will also attend the launch of the plans for the Medium Term Development Goals at the National Parliament on Monday, Feb 15.