Helen Clark's United Nations vision statement

Helen Clark (Getty)
Helen Clark (Getty)

While most of us are in bed on Friday morning, Helen Clark will be making her pitch to lead the United Nations.

Part of that will be delivering her vision statement, which has been released ahead of the two-hour grilling at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Titled A Better, Fairer, Safer World, in her vision statement Ms Clark promises to:

"I want a United Nations that unites us to make a better, fairer and safer world for all," says Ms Clark.

She sums up her vision for the 71-year-old organisation as:

Over the next six pages (which, like the first are presented in both English and French) the former New Zealand Prime Minister talks about what the UN does well, and where it needs to improve.

 For example, she says the UN needs to focus more on results and less on process, and improve its transparency, which has "diminished" over the last seven decades.

"It is important that the United Nations is transparent and frank about what it can and cannot do. The organisation should work closely with member states to ensure the resources entrusted to it are prioritised on activities where the United Nations can make the most difference."

Like any good manager, she also wants to see more investment put into its staff.

"People costs account for the single largest portion of the organisation's budget. We need to invest in our people, reward talent and expect the exceptional."

She closes her vision statement with a Maori proverb, followed by English and French translations: "He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people."

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