Clark is only number 22 on the world’s most powerful women list


Helen Clark’s Sith powers seem to be failing her, she is listed at number 22 on the list of the most powerful women in the world.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has been named as one of the most powerful women in the world.

Ms Clark, who is campaigning to be the United Nations’ Secretary-General, is featured in Forbes magazine’s latest The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

She sits on the number 22 spot.

One behind Oprah Winfrey.

The publication describes her as being “the most powerful woman in the United Nations and the first UNDP female head”.

“Helen Clark uses her global bully pulpit and billions in funds to assist development and humanitarian efforts around the world.

“This year she finds herself among eight candidates vying for an even higher post: UN Secretary-General.”

The magazine acknowledges that the former New Zealand Prime Minister has been credited for bringing greater efficiency to her agency and is considered “a front-runner” for the Secretary-General role.

Other powerful women named on the list include US First Lady Michelle Obama, at number 13, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, at number 2, and talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, who features at number 21, just before Ms Clark.

The most powerful woman in the world, as named by Forbes, is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Perhaps she should become a communist like Merkel, that might bump her up the rankings.

Clark might be in a spot of bother with her tilt at the top job though, with the American’s looking like they are going to lock in behind the Argentine woman.

Susana Malcorra, currently serving as Argentina?s foreign minister, is understood to have received top-level backing from both the White House and Susan Rice, national security adviser to Barack Obama.

The prospect of an Argentine leading the UN presents Britain with a diplomatic dilemma given the long-running dispute over the Falklands which both Argentina and the UN say must be ?decolonised? and returned to Argentina.

President Barack Obama is said to have been won over by arguments in Ms Malcorra?s favour from his Argentine counterpart?Mauricio Macri on a visit to Buenos Aires in March that was widely seen as an attempt to re-set US-Argentinian relations.

Clark was always a long shot, and a lot will depend on what Russia does.


– NZ Herald