The end game of the 2030 Agenda is to create a better world for everyone. This means ending poverty and hunger, improving education and healthcare, while taking action on climate, peace and justice. With 17 goals, 169 targets, and over 230 indicators, it is one of the UN’s most ambitious initiatives. Yet, two and a half years on, progress remains patchy. Will the UN rise to the many challenges on all fronts? Will we truly ‘leave no one behind’? In this discussion with Helen Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, we evaluated progress to date on achieving the agenda. Ms Clark spoke with students, professionals and researchers on the role of non-state actors, the impact of innovation and technology, and challenges facing the UN both now and in the future.
My Year with Helen: Movie Screening and Q&A with Helen Clark
‘My Year with Helen’ tells a story of leadership, patriarchy, women and power as filmmaker Gaylene Preston follows Helen Clark in her attempt to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling: to become the first female UN Secretary-General. As Ms Clark herself puts it, ‘The film conveys how tough it is to break the remaining glass ceilings. May it motivate future generations of women to keep at it!’ The screening was followed by a Q&A, where Ms Clark delved deeper into this pivotal year in her career and shared her experiences as a high-ranking female UN official.
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