WestMUN Society and Department of Politics and International Relations host film screening and Q&A session with former New Zealand Prime Minister
Politics and International Relations 30 November 2017
The event, in collaboration with the United Nations Association UK, included the screening of ‘My Year With Helen’, a film directed by award-winning Director Gaylene Preston which gives a closely observed view of Helen Clark’s bid to become the first female Secretary-General of the UN while also carrying out her work as Head of the UN Development Programme.
The film follows Clark in Botswana, Britain, Spain and Ukraine as well as the UN’s New York headquarters.
Ranked by Forbes magazine among the top 25 most powerful women in the world, Helen Clark was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 until 2016. In that time she oversaw the UNDP’s work providing advice, training and grant support to developing nations and led its transformation into the world’s most transparent development agency.
In April 2016 she announced her candidacy for Secretary-General. Before taking her UN appointment, Helen was Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine years from 1999 to 2008.
Westminster International Relations Senior Lecturer Dr Frands Pedersen, who contributed to the organisation of the event, said: “It was an honour for our department to co-host this highly inspiring event. ‘My year with Helen’ and the ensuing Q&A with Helen Clark and Gaylene Preston left the audience convinced of the urgent need for greater accountability and gender equality, and also with the belief that through a resilient effort, such change can be achieved.”
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.