Here’s a little update about what ex Prime Minister of New Zealand and now head of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark, has been up to. It’s not only the photo of ex dear leader which is scary.
[Emphasis mine. Hat tip: Mara]
by Joseph Klein
The United Nations launched the 2011 Human Development Report, entitled Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All, with great fanfare on November 2, 2011. Helen Clark, administrator of the largest and perhaps the most unaccountable, ethically-challenged of all UN bureaucratic agencies, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), presided over the ceremonies held in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was joined by Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark.
The UNDP report follows the customary left-wing approach to most problems, which is the UNDP’s calling card: Bash industry. Redistribute wealth through more taxes. And throw in a dig at Western free-market capitalism for good measure.
In its latest version, the report downplays the importance of economic growth, as reflected in rising national incomes, to the achievement of better living standards. It links much of the world’s ills to “environmental hazards” and “deep inequalities within and among nations.”
To support their conclusions, the authors of the report created out of whole cloth what they call an “Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index,” which is supposed to somehow adjust the UNDP’s more traditional development index measuring economic prosperity, education levels and life expectancy to take account of “internal inequalities in health, education and income.”