- 24 Oct 2011
The United Nations has a long history in the Asia-Pacific region, dating back to 1947 when the UN opened the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) in Shanghai. The Commission moved to Bangkok in 1949 and was renamed the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 1974, but the mission remained the same: to help the countries of Asia-Pacific achieve equitable economic and social development through regional cooperation. This video highlights the UN's work in the region over the last 6 decades as well as Bangkok's role as the regional hub for the UN's work throughout Asia-Pacific.
- 6 Jul 2011
ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, joined the President of ECOSOC, the Director-General of the ILO, and the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, and a number of other senior policy-makers and leaders in a high level ECOSOC panel discussion on ending poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Source: United Nations Webcast
- 8 Mar 2011
The Asia-Pacific region commemorates the 100th year anniversary of International Women's Day by looking back at the journey of women's rights over the past century.
- 27 Jan 2011
My lecture will focus on the principles of the UN and why I believe that reaffirming them is critical for the 21st century. I work for the United Nations because I believe in “We, the People”. I believe that we can all work together for a common cause, a common purpose, and a common good. These are, I believe, essential in our increasingly interdependent world of the the 21st century, where all our destinies are intertwined. [Video Credit: National University of Singapore]
- 10 Nov 2010
ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer provides Pakistan TV with a broad overview of the work and objectives of ESCAP, including discussion of the Pakistan's needs and challenges in recovering from the devastating floods of 2010. Dr. Heyzer speaks on how the UN can assist Pakistan with longer term recovery and development strategies, including contributions from all UN agencies as well as Pakistan's Asia-wide regional neighbors.
- 15 Oct 2010
ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer speaks by video link to Oxfam East Asia development and relief specialists on the importance of gender-based approaches toward improving human development at the keynote address for Oxfam's Regional Gender Leadership Training Seminar in Bangkok on 15 October 2010.
- 10 Aug 2010
Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer speaks with Al Jazeera"s Veronica Pederosa on the floods in Pakistan and landslides in China and the need for better early warning technology and systems in Asia and the Pacific. The ES warns of increases in climate change-related natural disasters and notes ESCAP's role in promoting the Sentinel Asia initiative to provide satellite data and space-based imagery for early warning and disaster response and management agencies of Asia and Pacific states.
- 18 Jun 2010
Decades of isolation have left Myanmar one of the least developed countries in Asia. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the UN Undersecretary-General, who has led an unprecedented dialogue with Myanmar's leaders about how to move the country forward, talks to Al Jazeera's Veronica Pedrosa.
- 6 May 2010
Agence France-Presse Television Network provides coverage of the impacts of the economic crisis on Asia's economic power houses -China, India and Japan - as well as on developing economies. In her interview the Executive Secretary states that the vulnerable and poor have not been protected from the crisis. This video provides coverage of factories shutting down and migrant workers loosing their jobs.
- 16 Feb 2010
Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer speaks with Australia Newsline's Jim Middleton. The interview was held during her meeting with Pacific leaders in Port Vila Vanuatu where discussions focused on issues of climate change and opportunities for boosting economic growth. Dr. Heyzer states that, post Copenhagen, there is a real chance for Small Island States to consolidate their voice in the lead up to meetings in Mexico. The interview covers topics from the possible relocation of people in the Pacific (who may loose their homelands as climate refuges) to the need for better policies on renewable energies and climate migration.