Lecture by Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP ~ Podcast Available

Watch podcast Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, on ‘The UN’s Role in Overcoming Development Challenges’

Speaking on the role of the UN in furthering the MDGs and overcoming development challenges, Helen Clark made the case for a renewed multilateral approach. “The fight against poverty and hunger has undoubtedly become harder in this era of multiple crises and it demands a stepped up response at the very time when the traditional donor countries to development are the most hard pressed…we need a re-invigorated multilateral system which reflects the realities of the 21st Century.”

Helen Clark’s focus on delivering results and her stern conviction that we can still meet the MDGs by 2015 if we work together effectively was clear. “I believe the MDGs are achievable…things can be done. The world wide target of reducing by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015 can be achieved.”

Talking about powerful ideas on development incubated in the UN that have changed and shaped policies at all levels, she said: “The UN’s push for development with a human face in the 1980s drew attention to the hardship imposed by structural adjustment measures and led to the now widely embraced human development approach, which emphasises that development is about much more than increasing Gross Domestic Product per capita and must be shaped by an effort to improve people’s ability to shape their own lives.”

OPHI co-hosted a the lecture by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, with the Global Economic Governance Programme (GEG) and Oxford Department of International Development. Ngaire Woods, Director of GEG introduced the special address.