- 25 Apr 2012
Climate change has added real urgency to the need to change the Asian energy mix. Delivering a lecture on "Rio+20: Implications for energy access and sustainable development in Asia", ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, argued for a mindset change and a much greater share for renewable energy. 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.
- 7 Nov 2011
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the UN & Executive Secretary of ESCAP, chaired the November 2011 conference entitled, "Economic Growth and Social Protection in Asia". This 483rd Salzburg Global Seminar session, brought together 39 participants, representing 19 countries, to discuss and analyse the various systems of social protection, and discover ways to improve upon them. Dr. Heyzer opened the conference at the Historic Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, with this presentation, where she set the stage for the discussions, working groups, and plenaries. She urged the participants to consider how they can move from case studies, and pilot projects, to a much larger social policy agenda, that can be inclusive, sustainable, and successful. With permission from Salzburg Global Seminar.
- 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.