(ed:..the following is a press-release/statement from the united nations agency clark heads..refuting apparent allegations against clark..)
Helen Clark’s 40 plus years in public service in New Zealand and at the United Nations speaks for itself.
She has advocated and fought tirelessly for the poor and the marginalized and has always been on the frontlines of human rights.
The recent allegations of retaliation or involvement in a former UNDP staff member’s employment status are totally fabricated – as are the allegations regarding the Petrie Report and Human Rights Up Front.
(ed:..a statement that raises far more questions than it answers..eh..?
..so there is the staffer issue..the petrie report….and human rights up front..?..(!)..it’s a three-fer..!
this statement reads like a desperate pre-sentencing report…)
Helen Clark – the U.N.’s development czar – has emerged as a front-runner in the race for U.N. secretary-general – inspiring international hopes that a powerful woman could lead the world’s preeminent diplomatic organization for the first time.
Back home in New Zealand where Clark served as prime minister from December 1999 to November 2008 the teenage pop star Lorde declared she was ‘all in’ for her ‘awe-inspiring fellow countrywoman’.
Fans produced T-shirts proclaiming ‘Aunty Helen for UN Secretary General’.
But many of her own U.N. colleagues are not rooting for her.
Clark’s seven-year stewardship of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) has left a trail of embittered peers and subordinates – who accuse Clark of ruthlessly ending the careers of underlings in her quest to advance her candidacy and of undercutting the U.N.’s promotion of human rights.
In the most controversial move Clark’s top managers allegedly drove one UNDP official out of her job in retaliation for participating in an investigation that sharply criticized the agency’s response to mass atrocities in Sri Lanka – according to internal U.N. emails and several current and former U.N.-based officials and diplomats.
The offices of the deputy U.N. secretary-general and a top aide to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon lobbied Clark’s office to rescue the UNDP official’s career – but they were unsuccessful.