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Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark speaks after a meeting as a candidate for United Nations secretary general on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Bringing perspective

Helen Clark emphasizes peacemaking ability in campaign to lead U.N.

By WITW Staff on May 3, 2016

The head of the U.N. Development Programme and former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, has begun her campaign to become the first female United Nations general secretary, pointing out the tendency of women to be vectors for peace and stability.

Clark, 66, while not asking that people support her on the basis of her gender, acknowledged that “Of course I am a woman, and I bring that perspective to the job.”

“It holds generally true that women carry a broad range of family responsibilities” and prioritize health and education, she said, adding: “Peace really matters to women.”

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark of New Zealand delivers a speech during the "Institutionalization of Women's Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction" meeting on the sidelines of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 15, 2015. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNDP administrator Helen Clark speaking at the “Institutionalization of Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction” meeting in Sendai on March 15, 2015. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Clark is one of four women, among nine candidates, so far in the running to succeed South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon as the organization’s leader.

The general assembly is expected to endorse a candidate in October, who will begin work on January 1, 2017.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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