UN development official Helen Clark to visit Jordan to discuss development priorities in the Arab Region
The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Helen Clark arrives in Amman on 7 April 2013, on her first official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
She will exchange views with members of the Government on the role of UNDP in support of development in the Kingdom and how the UN system can be an effective partner for Jordan in the implementation of its ambitious governance and economic reform program, recently launched by His Majesty King Abdullah. She will also discuss prospects for UN support to Jordanian communities hosting refugees from neighboring Syria, to be able to cope with increasing livelihood pressures.
The Administrator will visit UNDP-assisted projects and meet with representatives from local authorities, civil society organizations, women leaders, private enterprise and other UNDP development partners.
The Administrator will address the Arab Development Forum, the first in a series of consultations between civil society and Government representatives from the Arab region to propose an Arab vision of the global development agenda after 2015, the target date set at the Millennium Summit in 2000, for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Helen Clark will also chair annual meetings of UNDP’s Resident Representatives in the Arab States region and Regional Directors of UN agencies of the UNDG. Both meetings will focus on redefining the priorities of the United Nations’ development work in light of new challenges.
Helen Clark will be accompanied by Sima Bahous, the Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States.