Women's Forum  Singapore 2024


Noeleen Heyzer

United Nations

Former Under-Secretary-General


Noeleen Heyzer was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2015) and the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) since its founding in 1947. Responding to the 2008 global financial crisis, she developed ESCAP as the platform for the region to rethink and implement new drivers of inclusive and sustainable development. Before that, she was the first Executive Director outside of North America to lead the United Nations Development Fund for Women (1994-2007). She was widely recognized for playing a critical role in the Security Council’s adoption and implementation of landmark Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security. Dr. Heyzer served under four UN Secretary Generals (UNSG) and was the UNSG’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peacebuilding, state-building, and sustainable development. She was also a member of the UNSG’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation (2017-2021) and the UNSG’s Special Envoy for Myanmar (2021-2023 ).

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Jun 20, 2024
5:25 PM6:05 PM

The successes and challenges of modern feminist diplomacy

Maria Chin AbdullahFormer Member of the House of Representatives of MalaysiaNoeleen HeyzerUnited NationsFormer Under-Secretary-GeneralMarise PayneWestern Sydney UniversityProfessor of Practice International Relations and Public PolicySharon TongThe Media ConsultantsManaging Director
Feminist diplomacy applies a gendered lens to all political pursuits, including poverty reduction, sustainable development, peace and security, defence and the protection of human rights. How do educational inequalities impact the success of these political objectives? How can gender-based violence be prevented and eliminated at policy level? What are the most effective ways of diffusing the need to learn about and from feminist diplomacy?