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  • 8 Mar 2012

    We are in a race against time - with just three years left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Many of our people, even in the same country, continue to live in different worlds. This is especially true for large numbers of Asian women, whose experience of development and growth remains starkly different from that of men - especially when compounded by disparities of ethnicity, caste, economic status, education and geographical location.

  • 8 Mar 2012

    UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer speaks to Prestige Magazine (Singapore) about the importance of inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific in this special International Women's Day feature.

  • 8 Mar 2012

    The trail-blazing Dr Noeleen Heyzer has been involved at the highest policy-making levels in the UN for nearly 30 years, and she says more has to be done for women's social and economic development.

  • 18 Nov 2011

    Asia remains by far the most dynamic region in the world and the locomotive of global growth. Its growth rate is one and a half times that of any other region. But this growth has been accompanied by growing inequalities, and remains fragile. The region?s recovery has come under pressure in recent months from multiple crises ? increases in food and energy prices, the continuing global financial crisis, and severe disruptions in Japan and six ASEAN countries caused by adverse climate conditions and natural disasters. Because of these multiple shocks 42 million additional people will fall into poverty by the end of 2011, according to estimates by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

  • 3 Nov 2011

    The G20 Cannes Summit takes place later this week against the backdrop of a worsening turmoil in the global economy characterized by a serious loss of confidence in the sustainability of the recovery, the deepening debt crisis in the eurozone, and persistent fiscal difficulties and high unemployment in the United States. The slow down of advanced economies is once again affecting the pace of recovery of developing economies as in 2008/09. The overarching priority for the leaders should be to revive the confidence with expansionary policies in advanced economies in the short term while formulating credible fiscal consolidation plans for the medium term. Beyond restoring global confidence, the leaders should send a clear and strong message that the achievement of key developmental objectives ? such as the Millennium Development Goals, narrowing development gaps ? and other policies to foster inclusive and sustainable development have to occupy a central place in sustaining growth.

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