Noeleen Heyzer

For Noeleen Heyzer's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 18, 2012

Building an inclusive society for the disabled

The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world’s attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by people with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us. What we ...

Apr 30, 2009

Food crisis still plagues Asia

BANGKOK — For 583 million people across Asia and the Pacific the financial crisis has become a food crisis. While food prices have fallen from last year’s spike, they remain high. Rising unemployment and falling incomes are putting additional pressure on poor and vulnerable ...

Apr 18, 2008

Agricultural neglect leaves millions trapped in poverty

BANGKOK — In the last decade, developing economies in Asia and the Pacific doubled in size, growing over seven percent on average. This growth has garnered much attention and plaudits. Yet, 641 million of the world’s poorest — nearly two-thirds of the global total ...