Helen Clark Biography
Helen Clark a New Zealand Politician known for serving as the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999 – 2008), and as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009 – 2017). She as well got listed as the New Zealand’s fifth-longest-serving prime minister, and the second woman prime minister in the country.
She has held many Cabinet positions in the Fourth Labour Government, including Minister of Housing, Minister of Health and Minister of Conservation, served as the Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Ministers Geoffrey Palmer and Mike Moore from 1989 to 1990. In 2016, she ran for a position of Secretary-General of the United Nations, but was lost and UNDP administrator post on 19 April 2017, which she had resigned in April 2009.
Helen Clark Age
Clark was born on 26 February 1950 in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Helen Clark Prime Minister of New Zealand
Clark served as the second woman to serve as Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the first to have been elected in office at an election. She as well was a member of the Council of Women World Leaders. She joined office just three years after the adoption of the Mixed Member Proportional voting system, which had produced an unstable National-led government under Bolger and Shipley.
She as well negotiated the formation of successive coalition governments. Political scientist Bryce Edwards identified Clark’s ability to lead stable governments as her most significant achievement, arguing that her ability to work with a variety of coalition partners-including the Alliance, Jim Anderton’s Progressive Party, Green, United Future and New Zealand First-consolidated public support for MMP.
Her interests included social policy and international affairs. She was as well a strong supporter of nuclear disarmament, she pursued a policy of peace-making within the Pacific region. Commentators praised her for overseeing a period of sustained and stable economic growth, with an increase in employment that saw a gradual lowering of the unemployment rate to a record low of 3.6%.
Helen Clark United Nations Secretary-General
Back in January 2014 in an interview with the Guardian Clark commented on the possibility that she could take over as UN Secretary-General after Ban Ki-moon’s retirement in 2016. On the 4th of April 2016, she officially submitted her nomination as New Zealand’s candidate for the 2016 UN Secretary-General selection.
In an interview on the same day, Clark stressed that she was running as the gender-neutral best candidate and not “On the basis of being a woman.” The UN’s role in the Haiti cholera outbreak has been widely discussed and criticised. During the United Nations Secretary-General Candidate informal dialogues, Clark said that the UN needed to deal quickly with sexual exploitation and abuse, and gender-based violence by peacekeepers.
She was fifth during the sixth poll where her candidacy was effectively vetoed when three of the permanent Security Council members voted against her. Her bid for Secretary-General is the focus of a documentary film, My Year With Helen, which is directed by Gaylene Preston, which premiered on February 2018.
Helen Clark on Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern a New Zealand politician serving as of 26 October 2017 as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. In 2001, Jacinda started her career by working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark right after graduating from the University of Waikato.
Helen Clark Net Worth
Clark estimated net worth is under review.
Helen Clark Height and Weight
Helen stands tall at an average height and has an average body weight.
Helen Clark Family
Clark was born to her mother Margaret McMurray and George Clark and was raised on a farm in the outskirts of Hamilton. She was raised up along with her three sibling sisters.
Helen Clark Education
Helen joined Te Pahu Primary School and at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School in Auckland. She thereafter enrolled at the University of Auckland, where she majored in politics and successfully graduated with an MA (Maters) degree in Politics (Honours) in 1974.
Helen Clark Husband
Helen is married to Peter Davis, a sociologist and professor. The duo tied the knot back in 1981 after they had dated for five years. Davis is a professor in medical sociology and director of COMPASS (Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences) at the University of Auckland.