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Singapore and Multilateral Governance: Securing Our Future

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  • Dr Noeleen Heyzer is the Institute of Policy Studies' 10th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book is an edited collection of her three IPS-Nathan Lectures, delivered in November and December 2021, and includes highlights of her question-and-answer segments with our audience.Dr Heyzer examines how Singapore can continue to contribute to multilateral governance amid 21st century global challenges. Highly dependent on multilateral governance, Singapore has to engage the region and contribute to the multilateral global order. Dr Heyzer highlights the need for Singapore to build a mindset of 'solidarity as self-interest', contribute to a normative future that is equitable, inclusive and sustainable, and rethink our current multilateral governance framework. What does a renewed multilateralism look like? Can Singapore become an epicentre for this new multilateralism? And critically, how can we secure our common future and shape what we become as a nation?The IPS-Nathan Lecture series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore, named after Singapore's sixth and longest-serving president. It seeks to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest for Singapore.

  • Dr Noeleen Heyzer was the United Nation's Under-Secretary-General (2007–2015) and was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) since its founding in 1947. Prior to her ESCAP appointment, she was the first woman from outside North America to head the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

    She was also the Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Timor-Leste and a former member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. In December 2021, Dr Heyzer was appointed the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar.

    Dr Heyzer brought about significant changes in development practice and reforms during her time in office. Her work on women and development included establishing legal frameworks for women's domestic work and for safe migration in Asia; playing a pivotal role in the Security Council's adoption and implementation of the landmark Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security; establishing the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women; working with the private sector to establish The Women's Empowerment Principles in the changing world of work.

ISBN: 9789811264177
Page Count: 132