Pathways to Peace Luncheon

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Registration

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

The Pathways to Peace Luncheon features a conversation with Helen Clark, who completed her eight-year tenure as the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in April 2017. Clark will join NAFSA CEO and Executive Director, Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil., to reflect on her work and to explore how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may ultimately shape international education and human security.

Goal Four of the SDGs is to “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” Sub-goals include:

  • 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.

Please join NAFSA for an important discussion of these ambitious efforts.

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 completed 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. 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. 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