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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Asia-Pacific: the Future in Our Hands!

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.



The Executive Secretary often conducts interviews with broadcasters about ESCAP's work in the Asia-Pacific region. The video's listed below will be updated on a regular basis.
  • Illustration of the video Pakistan's Development and Recovery Goals Play video
    Duration: 17:47 minutes
    Source: Pakistan TV
    Pakistan's Development and Recovery Goals
    10 November 2010 Islamabad, Pakistan
    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.
  • Illustration of the video Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific: Shaping the Agenda Play video
    Duration: 25:15 minutes
    Source: Salzburg Global Seminar
    Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific: Shaping the Agenda
    07 November 2011 Salzburg, Austria
    Addressing the 483rd Salzburg Global Seminar, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, told participants that the global economic crisis has highlighted the urgency for Asia-Pacific to address development gaps, both between and within countries. Calling for a new growth paradigm she argued that: "Social inclusion and closing development gaps must be part of the new drivers of economic growth and sustaining Asia's dynamism.
  • Illustration of the video Asia-Pacific: the Future in Our Hands! Play video
    Duration: 4:28 minutes
    Source: ESCAP
    Asia-Pacific: the Future in Our Hands!
    24 October 2011 Bangkok, Thailand
    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.
  • Illustration of the video ES Noeleen Heyzer on Gender and Development Play video
    Duration: 7:10 minutes
    Source: ESCAP
    ES Noeleen Heyzer on Gender and Development
    15 October 2010 Bangkok, Thailand
    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.
  • Illustration of the video Pakistan Floods and China Landslides Play video
    Duration: 5:25 minutes
    Source: Al Jazeera
    Pakistan Floods and China Landslides
    10 August 2010 Bangkok, Thailand
    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.
  • Illustration of the video High cost of Myanmar's isolation Play video
    Duration: 3:50 minutes
    Source: Al Jazeera
    High cost of Myanmar's isolation
    15 June 2010 Kuala Lumpur
    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.
  • Illustration of the video Impact of climate change on Pacific Small Island States Play video
    Duration: 5:34 minutes
    Source: Australia Newsline
    Impact of climate change on Pacific Small Island States
    16 February 2010 Vanuatu
    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.
  • Illustration of the video Executive Secretary interviewed about regional cooperation on the occasion of the 4th East Asia Summit Play video
    Duration: 11:58 minutes
    Source: Thai PBS
    Executive Secretary interviewed about regional cooperation on the occasion of the 4th East Asia Summit
    26 October 2009 Hua Hin, Thailand
    ESCAP's Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer is interviewed during the gathering of leaders at the 4th East Asia Summit. The Executive Secretary notes that for a region that has not invested in itself for a long time it will be important to look at commonalities and set deadlines for enhanced trade. Video features footage from the 4th East Asia Summit where leaders gathered to discuss how to enhance regional cooperation.
  • Illustration of the video Impact of the economic crisis on women and family Play video
    Duration: 24:40 minutes
    Source: Astro AWANI TV
    Impact of the economic crisis on women and family
    01 May 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer discusses the impacts of financial crisis with astro AWANI TV anchor Kamarul Bahrin Haron. Asia Pacific's export sector has been hit hard. Dr. Heyzer stresses that it is important to examine resulting impacts through the lens of gender, class and social exclusion. At risk are not only the rights to work, but also the rights at work. Income insecure people will not spend, regardless of the economic stimulus packages put in place. Stimulus packages should, therefore, go beyond physical infrastructure spending to include social protection, education, health and agriculture.
  • Illustration of the video 60 Years of ESCAP Play video
    Duration: 7 minutes
    Source: Morning Talk
    60 Years of ESCAP
    01 October 2008 Bangkok, Thailand
    Valerie McKenzie of the Morning Talk show interviews Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of ESCAP. In the interview, the Executive Secretary talks about how ESCAP was formed to provide a regional platform for countries to come together to discuss development challenges and solutions and to have a regional voice.The interview also touches upon the theme topic of the 65th Commission Session - sustainable agriculture and food security. Morning Talk is shown on NBT, TrueVisions and Thai TV Global Network in 177 countries.
  • Illustration of the video What knock-on effect of Asia's economic slowdown Play video
    Duration: 1:58 minutes
    Source: Agence France-Press
    What knock-on effect of Asia's economic slowdown
    01 January 2008 Bangkok, Thailand
    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. 


    cover of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011: Year-end Update
      
         
    Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2011 cover
      
         

      
        

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