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AIDS 2024, the 25th International AIDS Conference

The Right Honourable Helen Clark

The Right Honourable Helen Clark

The Right Honourable Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Former Administrator of UNDP, New Zealand 

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Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008 and a Member of Parliament for 27 years. She advocated strongly for economic and social justice, sustainability and climate action, and multilateralism. Helen served two terms as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as Chair of the United Nations Development Group (2009-2017). Earlier, Helen taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland, from which she had graduated with BA and MA (Hons) degrees. Helen advocates for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on global health issues. In July 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization appointed her as Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. She chairs the boards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and other public good organizations and initiatives.