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The administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, was given a second term Friday to remain at the helm of the UN development agency.

The 67th session of the UN General Assembly confirmed Clark's reappointment as the head of the UNDP. While addressing the UN General Assembly, Clark pledged that during her second term, UNDP would continue to focus on sustainable human development and poverty eradication. "I will remain firmly focused on MDG achievement and on accelerating efforts up to 2015 and beyond."

MDG stands for a set of eight anti-poverty target, adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 and designed to be achieved by the deadline of 2015.

"I look forward to implementing this vision and to making UNDP an ever more transparent, accountable, and effective organization, " she said.

Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, became the UNDP administrator in April 2009. She is the first woman to lead the organization.

She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.

The UNDP is put in charge of UN's global development network and is mandated to work with countries to reduce poverty, promote development and combat climate change. With activities in more than 160 countries, the UNDP works throughout the developing world helping countries meet their development goals.

Philippines News agency

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