UN-ESCAP boss at South Asia econ summit in Sri Lanka

Aug 27, 2013 (LBO) – Noeleen Heyzer, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) will deliver the keynote address a regional economic forum in Sri Lanka. The 6th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), will start in Colombo on September 02.

The Institute of Policy Studies, a Sri Lanka-based think tank that is organizing the forum said Heyzer has positioned ESCAP to promoting regional co-operation among member Asia-Pacific states to achieve sustainable development.

Heyzer is the ninth executive secretary of the UN-ESCAP. She is the first woman to occupy this position since its founding in 1947 and leads the organization at the level of Under-Secretary-General.

UN-ESCAP has been partnering with IPS in research activities and has launched publications including the ‘ESCAP Economic and Social Survey for the Asia and the Pacific’ and the ‘Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report’.

This year, the economic summit is held on the theme ‘Towards a Stronger, Dynamic and Inclusive South Asia’.

It will debate and discuss the current socio-economic policy challenges facing the region and will explore new strategies for sustainable and inclusiv