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Noeleen Heyzer

Former Under Secretary-General at the United Nations (UN), Member of UN’s Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

Noeleen Heyzer, a social scientist, was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2015) and the highest ranking Singaporean in the UN system during her term.  She was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. Under her leadership, the commission focused on regional co-operation for a more resilient Asia-Pacific, founded on shared prosperity, social equity, and sustainable development.  She was at the forefront of many innovations including for regional disaster preparedness, inclusive socio-economic policies, sustainable agriculture and urbanization, energy security and regional connectivity. She was also the United Nations Secretary General ’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development in fragile states.

As the previous Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women, she was widely recognized for the formulation and implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and undertook extensive missions to conflict-affected countries worldwide.

Dr. Heyzer served on numerous international boards, including the High-level Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding chaired by Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen. She is currently on the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation; a member of the Kofi Annan Global Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age; and an Eminent Person of the United Nations Regional Commission for Asia Pacific. She has received international awards for leadership, including the Dag Hammarskjold Medal in 2004, for her work on Women, Peace and Security.

She holds a BA Upper Hons and a MSc from Singapore University, a PhD from Cambridge University.

Event Schedule

13 February 2020
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-The importance for Southeast Asian countries to adapt new strategies to transform to sustainable growth models

-Social and environmental responsibility, evolving Read More

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