Almost universally the UN is perceived as wasteful, disorganised, and increasingly irrelevant. Many people fear that, as an organisation spanning many different activities from peacemaking to promoting development, and combating poverty – the UN is already a lost cause.

A self proclaimed proponent for change and seasoned reformer – Helen Clark has taken on the UN ‘waste-ocracy’ and is turning around perceptions within one (but important) part of the UN monolith. She has reshaped the organisation in an effort to make it more effective.

The first woman to head the UNDP, her mantra of empowering women, from the dust of the tiny villages to promoting women for political power in National Parliaments, is clear and challenging.

This is the story of the woman from the little country who tackled the world’s biggest issues and made a difference.