We are very excited to have former New Zealand PM, and current Administrator of the UN Development Program, Helen Clark, present the 2010 ANZAC Lecture. What a great opportunity for the Georgetown and broader Washington community to hear from Helen Clark. She has a very interesting vantage point. Wearing her cap as former Prime Minister, and leader of the NZ Labour Party she ample opportunity to comment on the important relationship shared between New Zealand and Australia. And she is certainly able to talk about the spirit of selflessness and commraderie that was born out of the experiences at Gallipoli.
As Administrator for UNDP she represents the noble spirit on the part of the international community to alleviate poverty worldwide. It is not easy task, but one that is probably most ably carried out by somebody informed by the ANZAC spirit.
It's equally gratifying to see that she will be making this link between the ANZAC spirit and poverty alleviation in Washington.
Finally, I should say that I'm tremendously pleased that the ANZAC lecture continues to feature such well place, informed and influential New Zealanders and Australians. Past speakers have included former New Zealand PM Jim Bolger, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, novelists Thomas Keneally and David Malouf, film director Peter Weir just to name a few.
I hope you will come along and make this night a great success.