UNDP administrator to visit China ahead of Rio+20

02 May 2012


Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group, will pay an official visit to China from 16 to 19 May. During her visit,  Miss Clark will hold high-level discussions with state leaders and senior government officials on future collaboration with UNDP, as well as the major outcomes of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference, expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations.  The Rio+20 Summit, to take place at the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20-22 June, will presents an historical opportunity to define sustainable pathways to a safer and more equitable world for all.

Through a series of high-level meetings, dialogues and private sector engagement, she is expected to discuss ways in which UNDP can support China in boosting corporate sustainability, creating green jobs, advancing green technology and innovation, and improving mechanisms for international cooperation. As one of the most influential global thinkers of our time, she will also hold a press conference to promote greater awareness of the impact that Rio+20 is set to have and call for action in pursuit of a more sustainable world.

As the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Miss Clark has enjoyed a long and close association in development cooperation with China. During her tenure as Prime Minister, she ensured that New Zealand was one of the first OECD countries to sign a full free trade treaty with China in 2008, among a number of other firsts in her relations with China.