Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the UN & Executive Secretary of ESCAP, chaired the November 2011 conference entitled, "Economic Growth and Social Protection in Asia". This 483rd Salzburg Global Seminar session, brought together 39 participants, representing 19 countries, to discuss and analyse the various systems of social protection, and discover ways to improve upon them.
Dr. Heyzer opened the conference at the Historic Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, with this presentation, where she set the stage for the discussions, working groups, and plenaries.
She urged the participants to consider how they can move from case studies, and pilot projects, to a much larger social policy agenda, that can be inclusive, sustainable, and successful.
Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore) is the ninth Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General in August 2007, she leads the organizations at the level of Under- Secretary-General. Dr. Heyzer is the first woman to occupy this position since its founding in 1947.