UNDP Administrator to visit Namibia

Dec 2, 2013

UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, Ms. Helen Clark, will visit the Republic of Namibia from 3rd – 6th December 2013.

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 20 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland.  Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.

The key objectives of her visit include:

  • To learn first-hand about the leadership’s positions on the development challenges Namibia faces and how the country aims to address them;
  • Discuss with the Namibian authorities the progress,  challenges and strategies for the  attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of end 2015 as well as the elaboration of new and sustainable objectives within the framework of the Post 2015 Development Agenda;
  • Share with the leadership of Namibia the Administrator’s views on how UNDP may better contribute to helping Namibia address its development challenges; and
  • Meet development partners to facilitate closer cooperation with UNDP on issues of mutual interest and foster closer cooperation in accordance with global principles of aid effectiveness and national ownership.

During her visit, Ms. Clark will meet with several senior government officials to discuss bilateral partnership issues between UNDP and the Government of Namibia. She will meet the President H. E. Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba, Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob, as well as other ministerial members of the Government. She will meet with the United Nations Country Team, development partners, gender groups and Namibia civil society organizations. She will interact with the UNDP Namibia staff and management on progress the country office is making in transitioning from a development assistance framework to a partnership framework in the context of Namibia’s classification as an upper Middle Income Country. The UNDP Administrator will also travel to Swakopmund, where she will visit the Benguela Current Commission (BCC). The Benguela Current Commission provides a vehicle for three SADC countries Angola, Namibia and South Africa) to jointly and sustainably manage the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) and is an initiative supported by UNDP. The Administrator will also be visiting an informal settlement located on the outskirts of Windhoek to learn at first hand, the challenges of addressing inequality in an Upper Middle Income Country such as Namibia.

UNDP supports the Government of Namibia (GRN) to improve capacities at the national, regional and local levels for the successful implementation of the fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4) It is through such planning cycles that government plans to meet the MDG targets and attain its long-term objectives as outlined in Vision 2030.

The 2014-18 UNDP Country Programme has three components:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Inclusive Growth, Economic Empowerment and Poverty Reduction.
  • Energy and Environment for Sustainable Development

Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP is the United Nations' global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP operates in 177 countries and territories, working with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

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