Pathways to Peace Luncheon

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2017 Registration

Friday, June 2, 2017
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles, California
Member: $65 | Nonmember: $65

In countries around the world, enhancing education is considered an important component of sustainable development, which, in turn, is envisioned as a foundation for peace and human security. In 2015, the member states of the United Nations (UN) unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs include education. In some countries, this framework could influence education policy for years to come. Among the 17 SDGs, goal four is “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” Two of the sub-goals are:

  • By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational, and tertiary education, including university
  • By 2030, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least-developed countries, small island developing states, and African countries, for enrollment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering, and scientific programs, in developed countries and other developing countries

The Pathways to Peace Luncheon features a conversation with Helen Clark, who completes her eight-year tenure as the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in April 2017. Earlier in her career she was prime minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. She will reflect on how the SDGs may shape international education, sustainable development, and human security.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Helen ClarkHelen Clark
United Nations Development Programme

Helen Clark became the administrator of the UNDP in April 2009 and 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, programs, and departments working on development issues. She will complete her tenure as administrator in April 2017.

Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for 9 years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social, and cultural spheres. Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth; low levels of unemployment; and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens. She and her government prioritized reconciliation and the settlement of historical grievances with New Zealand’s indigenous people and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society.

Helen Clark advocated strongly for New Zealand’s comprehensive program on sustainability and for tackling the problems of climate change. Her objectives have been to establish New Zealand as being among the world’s leading nations in dealing with these challenges. As Prime Minister, Helen Clark was a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, Helen Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008. Earlier in her career, she chaired Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She graduated with a BA in 1971 and an MA with first class honors in 1974.


Friday, June 3

12:05 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch Served and Open Networking Time

12:30 p.m.-12:35 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

12:35 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Conversation with Helen Clark 
Conversation with the Right Honourable Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009-2017, and Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008.

1:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.

Q&A with Helen Clark

1:20 p.m.-1:25 p.m.

Concluding Remarks