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Political Perspectives

Aug 18, 2020 04:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

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Golriz Ghahraman
MP @Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
Golriz Ghahraman MP is an Iranian-born New Zealand politician, member of Parliament and author. The former UN lawyer was a child asylum seeker and became the first former refugee elected to New Zealand's Parliament. She is a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives for the Green Party.  Golriz studied at Oxford and her career as a lawyer in New Zealand and overseas has focused on enforcing human rights and holding governments to account. In New Zealand, she has successfully advocated on rights issues before the Supreme Court. She volunteers her skills to advocate for child rights and most recently for family carers of disabled persons. She was part of the team that worked to prepare New Zealand’s non-governmental report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Golriz has longstanding involvement in refugee and migrant rights activism, and is a prominent member of the Iranian community.
Helen Clark ONZ SSI PC
Former New Zealand Prime Minister & Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Helen Clark served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. She subsequently became the Administrator of the UN Development Programme and was the first woman to lead that organisation. Helen was also the Chair of the UN Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and department working on development issues. Helen stepped down after eight years and two terms as Administrator in April 2017. She now engages in public advocacy across a range of the issues. Throughout her career, Helen enjoyed a reputation as a skillful politician and capable advocate of nuclear disarmament, public health policy and sustainable development. For her work on peace and disarmament, she was awarded the Peace Prize from the Danish Peace Foundation in 1986. In 2009 she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand, the country’s highest honour. On 9 July 2020 the WHO appointed Helen as co-chair of a panel reviewing the WHO's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.