The collective power of power of people to shape a shared destiny of peace and security, development and human rights, as envisioned in the UN Charter, is greater now than ever before and the need to exercise it more compelling.

Noeleen Heyzer


First Executive Director of UNIFEM from the South

(June 94 – Aug 07)

With displaced women and children in a refugee camp, Afghanistan, 2002.

First Woman Executive Secretary of ESCAP

(Aug 07 – Jan 14)

Addressing the 66th Commission Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General for Timor-Leste

(Jun 13 – Feb 15)

With Timor-Leste’s leaders, Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão and Former President and Nobel Laureate José Manuel Ramos-Horta.