This years's guest speaker will be Rt Hon Helen Clark. Helen is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. Currently Helen is Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), an organisation within the UN that supports a broad range of locally driven development initiatives in over 170 countries around the globe. She has held this position since 2009, becoming the first woman to do so.
Rt Hon Helen Clark will speak about building resilience to disasters through disaster risk reduction (DRR), a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. She will highlight the importance of prioritising resilience in both developed and under-developed countries, and the role of UNDP and relief agencies.
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