Administrator of the UNDP Ms. Helen Clark paid a visit to Turkey

11 Mar 2011

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Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark paid a visit to Turkey between the dates of March 10 and 14, 2011. Helen Clark, who had meetings in Ankara and Istanbul, inaugurated “UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development” and also launched the regional report entitled “Business Solutions to Poverty” in Istanbul. The UNDP Administrator also visited projects on culture tourism carried in Kars.

Ankara – The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, made an official visit to Turkey from March 10 -14, 2011. Helen Clark, who had meetings in Ankara, Istanbul, and Kars during her visit, was accompanied by the Director of the Regional Bureau of UNDP for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Ms. Kori Udovicki, and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey, Mr. Shahid Najam.

Helen Clark met Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoğlu and Minister of State, Cevdet Yılmaz, in Ankara.

The Administrator inaugurated “UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development” on March 11, 2011, and also launched the regional report entitled “Business Solutions to Poverty” in Istanbul.

Helen Clark, who also met women entrepreneurs and had discussions with Turkey’s leaders of industry and business in Istanbul, paid a two-day visit to Kars between March 12 and 13, 2011. The project in Kars is called the “UN Joint Programme on Alliances for Culture Tourism in Eastern Anatolia”, in association with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and in cooperation with UNESCO, UNICEF, UN World Tourism Organization in addition to the UNDP. It promotes culture tourism in this province.

The Administrator also made a speech in the Leaders of Change Summit in Istanbul in her last day in Turkey visit.

What is UNDP
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build better lives. The organisation is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them to find their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

Administrator of the UNDP
The UNDP Administrator is appointed by the Secretary-General and confirmed by the General Assembly for a term of four years. Prior to Helen Clark’s appointment, Kemal Derviş served as Administrator of the UNDP from August 2005 to February 2009.

Who is Ms. Helen Clark?
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the UNDP in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the chair of the UN Development Group, consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 - 2008.

Report: Business Solutions to Poverty
http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/show/786F18F7-F203-1EE9-B1DB7C4807CBDADA

UNDP Turkey website:
http://www.tr.undp.org