- 10 Oct 2013
Success and sustainability in the next phase of global development depends on changing mindsets, approaches, and behavior. Building the future we want starts not only with Governments but ultimately with every one of us. To succeed will require governments, business, and people to embrace a new spirit of human solidarity, shared responsibility, and mutual benefit.
- 16 Sep 2013
The so-called resource curse can be turned into a resource blessing, when resources underground and under the sea are invested above ground into productive investments and the building of peaceful, inclusive societies where all citizens are assured the full benefits and value of these resources. Our shared responsibility is to ensure, that for Timor-Leste, the benefits of its natural resource wealth are directly harnessed to ensure dynamic and inclusive development.
- 29 Apr 2013
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific gives her opening address and policy statement during the opening of the ministerial segment of the 69th commission session.
- 25 Oct 2012
Statistics alone do not feed the hungry, create jobs, or provide social services - but they are critical in helping us to better understand the challenges, and to design more effective policies for inclusive, sustainable and resilient development. In our race against time to 2015 on the MDGs, we must ensure that our development efforts reach the people most in need. To do this we require better, more complete data.
- 24 Oct 2012
We are living on a planet rich of diversity. Only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe. However, no single leader, country or institution can do everything. But each of us, in our own way, can do something. On the United Nation Day this year (October 24), let us reaffirm our individual commitment and our collective resolve to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and build a better world for all.
- 22 May 2012
UN ESCAP's annual Commission Session was held this year from 17-23 May at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Delegations from throughout Asia-Pacific came together to discuss how to further economic integration in the region and what can be done to foster inclusive and sustainable development so that everyone benefits from economic growth.
- 10 May 2012
Launching the 2012 Asia Pacific Economic and Social Survey in 33 locations around the world, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer outlined the economic outlook and challenges for Asia and the Pacific in 2012.
- 9 May 2012
With the 2015 deadline approaching for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Asia and the Pacific is in a race against time. United Nations Under-Secretary General, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, explains that many off-track countries can still meet the deadline, with a redoubling of effort in a big final push to 2015 on the MDGs. The biggest obstacle to this effort is the extent of disparities between and within countries - with many people, even in the same country, living in different worlds.
- 25 Apr 2012
Better, more efficient, and more sustainable energy is a requirement for Asia-Pacific regional development. Delivering a lecture on "Rio+20: Implications for energy access and sustainable development in Asia", ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, announced that the UN body would be working with member States to explore the opportunities for an integrated regional power grid, or 'Asian Energy Highway'. The lecture, organized by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, was part of ESCAP's preparatory work for the United Nations Rio+20 conference to be held in Brazil in June.
- 25 Apr 2012
Realizing the opportunities presented by climate change requires Asia and the Pacific to invest in innovation - especially as relates to energy. Delivering a lecture on "Rio+20: Implications for energy access and sustainable development in Asia", ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, urged Asian countries to stimulate growth through research and development, technology transfers and the green economy. The lecture, organized by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, was part of ESCAP's preparatory work for the United Nations Rio+20 conference to be held in Brazil in June.