Citi Series on Asian Women Leaders: Securing Asia's Energy Future featuring Noeleen Heyzer
Citi Series on Asian Women Leaders Securing Asia's Energy Future Featuring Noeleen Heyzer Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Presiding Deborah C. Hopkins Chief Innovation Officer, Citi Foundation The link between energy security and sustainable development is of growing importance in the Asia-Pacific region where impressive economic growth has put corresponding strains on the environment while boosting a high demand for energy. What key factors are contributing to energy 'insecurity' and 'threatening' to derail progress to attaining sustainable development and the landmark Millennium Development Goals of 2000? What are the implications of the Asia-Pacific region's continued and deepening dependency on fossil fuels to meet its development goals, reduce poverty, and promote social inclusion? Join us as the Asia Society and Citi Foundation present Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, who will discuss the need for a paradigm shift, one that will turn the vicious cycle of fossil fuel dependency, unsustainable growth, climate change and poverty, into a virtuous cycle, which focuses on growth, equitable distribution, and a focus on renewable and efficient energy, climate action, and energy security. Ms. Heyzer is the first woman ever appointed to head ESCAP. She has received has received numerous international awards for her professional accomplishments and as a champion of women's rights. Ms. Heyzer was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.