OP EDS

  • 15 Aug 2013

    Unregistered children are, for all intents and purposes, officially invisible. They have no legal proof of their name, family links or nationality. Since they do not exist in the eyes of the law, they are more prone to be excluded, exploited or trafficked. They will also face considerable challenges accessing essential services like education and healthcare, and neither they nor their needs will be counted in the national statistics used to shape government policy. Irrespective of rank, class, or caste, no person in Asia and the Pacific should ever again be excluded by incomplete statistical systems. No child should remain invisible, no life should remain uncounted.

  • 1 Jul 2013

    Article published by the Straits Times, in Singapore, about Dr. Heyzer's recent mission to Timor-Leste - her first since being appointed as the Secretary-General's Special Advisor to Timor-Leste.

  • 25 Jun 2013

    Article published by the Independente Newspaper, in Timor-Leste, about Dr. Heyzer's first speech as newly-appointed Special Advisor of the Secretary-General to Timor-Leste.

  • 25 May 2013

    Without water there is no life. Clean drinking water and sanitation are basic human rights – essential to life and to all other rights. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation is a silent crisis that destroys livelihoods and claims more lives through illness than any war claims through guns.

  • 22 Apr 2013

    The recently-launched 2013 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific of ESCAP is forecasting subdued growth of 6 per cent for the region in 2013 – up from 5.6 per cent in 2012. Although highest amongst regional growth rates, this is considerably lower than the pre-crisis level and the level achieved immediately after the crisis in 2010.

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