8 Feb 2009

Clark seeks high position at UN

11:59 am on 8 February 2009

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is seeking a top job at the United Nations.

Her office confirmed on Sunday she is in the running for the post of administrator of the UN Development Programme, the largest of the independently funded UN agencies.

Miss Clark says the position came up at short notice after the incumbent, Kemal Dervi, of Turkey announced his resignation.

Whoever gets the job will be third highest at the UN - behind Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and deputy secretary general Asha-Rose Migiro.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister John Key says the New Zealand Government supports Miss Clark's application.

Miss Clark was prime minister from November 1999 - November 2008.