UN chief appoints Singaporean sociologist Noeleen Heyzer as new Myanmar special envoy

UN chief appoints Singaporean as new Myanmar special envoy

26/10/2021 2:34:00 AM

UN chief appoints Singaporean as new Myanmar special envoy

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Monday (Oct 25) that he had named Singaporean sociologist Noeleen Heyzer as the new special envoy to Myanmar. She will replace Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland. Heyzer, 73, has held multiple senior positions at the Unite

She will replace Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland.Heyzer, 73, has held multiple senior positions at the United Nations, in particular between 2007 and 2014 as the head of an economic and social commission for Asia and the Pacific. Between 2013 and 2015, she served as special advisor for East Timor.

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As part of her duties on the Economic and Social Commission, Heyzer worked closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as with Myanmar authorities on the development and reduction of poverty.Since the Feb 1 coup in Myanmar that put an end to a ten-year democratic period, the United Nations and ASEAN have unsuccessfully urged the military junta to relaunch a political dialogue and liberate civilian officials arrested during the putsch.

Neither Burgener, who is leaving her UN duties after three and a half years to enter the Swiss government, nor Brunei's deputy foreign minister Erywan Yusof - appointed ASEAN emissary in August - has been able to go to Myanmar, where they hoped to meet with civilians such as former civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. headtopics.com

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Become good or become worst situation? ASEAN is never reliable group for our Myanmar citizens. We do not trust them. A 'political' angle with consideration. Will junta find 'Singapore' face pushing UN agenda more acceptable? Afterall, it's still UN agenda.