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Tommy Koh Serving Singapore And The World

Author : Yeo Lay Hwee
ISBN : 9789813222403
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book aims to celebrate the many contributions of Professor Tommy Koh as a Singaporean diplomat, public intellectual and social changemaker. It is an account of the ideas and ideals of an extraordinary Singaporean public servant who was not only born with the talent and ability to traverse many areas of society, but one who, when given the opportunity, had the drive and ambition to make the most of it to create a better world for Singaporeans and the global community. Experts in the various fields of endeavour and people who have worked with him examine his significant contributions in essays that are organised in four main sections: Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law; and a fifth section that features tributes contributed by his colleagues and former classmates. Set in the context of Singapore — a nation known for its socio-economic progress, its ability to punch above its own weight in international relations, as well as its increasing appreciation for heritage, the arts, and sustainable development — this book illustrates the power of the individual and sense of agency that can create the systems and structures to achieve all those things. The story of Professor Tommy Koh as captured in this book should energise other change agents to go out and create the progressive, inclusive and sustainable world they want. An inspirational collection for general readers, this book reflects the spirit of Singapore's pioneer generation whose determination and tenacity turned the nation into the modern-day miracle that Singapore is today. Contents: Diplomacy and International Relations: Diplomacy, International Relations and Singapore's Foreign Policy (Yeo Lay Hwee)A Professor and His International Stage (Ong Keng Yong)The Master Multilateral Diplomat: The Seven Pillars of Tommy Koh's Wisdom (Kishore Mahbubani)Tommy Koh: The Master Distiller and His Legacy as a Negotiator (Daren Tang)Singapore's Envoy to the United States (1984–1990) (Chan Heng Chee)Engaging China and the China-Singapore Forum (Lye Liang Fook)Keeping the Kizuna Strong (Chang Li Lin)Professor Tommy Koh's Contributions to APEC (Manu Bhaskaran)Regional Integration for Peace, Prosperity and People: Tommy Koh and Europe (Yeo Lay Hwee)A Founding Vision to Connect the Peoples of Asia and Europe (Peggy Kek)Expertise, Personality, Persistence: Different Diplomatic Tracks and Tommy Koh (Simon SC Tay)The Arts, Culture and Heritage: Tommy Koh and the Ideal of a Well-Lived Life (Kwok Kian-Woon)Tommy Koh and the Arts (Khor Kok Wah)Tommy Koh on the Censorship Review Committee 1991–1992 (Koh Buck Song)A Heart for the Written Word (Paul Tan)Tommy Koh: A Faithful Friend to Artists (Jeremy Monteiro)Tommy Koh: A Champion of Heritage and Museums (Kenson Kwok)Tommy Koh and "The Artist, The State and The Market" (Kwok Kian Chow)My "Historical" Encounters with Professor Tommy Koh (Tan Tai Yong)Best Chairman, Cultural Diplomat and Heritage Champion (Michael Koh)Tommy Koh: A Reader and a Gentleman (Elaine Ng)A Master Himself (Danny Yeo)Progressive Society: Progressive Society: Tommy Koh's Imprints (Gillian Koh)Against the Tide (Donald Low)Professor Tommy Koh and the Nature Society (Singapore) (1990–1995) (Wee Yeow Chin)Professor Tommy Koh's Green Legacy (Geh Min)The Art of Making In

Tommy Koh

Author : Lay Hwee Yeo
ISBN : 9813222387
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book aims to record, assess and celebrate the many contributions of Professor Tommy Koh as a Singaporean public servant, diplomat and public intellectual in the areas of international law and trade agreements, arts and heritage, and civil society at

Tommy Koh

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ISBN : 9813222395
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The Tommy Koh Reader

Author : Tommy Koh
ISBN : 9814571083
Genre : Law
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Professor Tommy Koh is Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rector of Tembusu College, Special Adviser of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. In his distinguished career, Prof Koh has served as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as Ambassador to the United States of America, as President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. He was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. He was also Singapore's Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He was also the chairman of the group which drafted the Asean Charter. He chairs three committees for the National University of Singapore relating to law, Asia research and environmental management. An active patron of the arts, Prof Koh has served as Chairman of the National Heritage Board, National Arts Council and many other cultural groups. In recognition of his meritorious public service and achievements, he was conferred many honours, both locally and internationally. He has been named as 'Champion of the Earth' in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Prof Koh has been selected to receive Harvard's 2014 Great Negotiator Award sponsored by the Program on Negotiation based at Harvard Law School (an interuniversity consortium of Harvard, MIT, and Tufts) as well as Harvard's Program on the Future of Diplomacy. This collection of Prof Koh's favourite essays and lectures gives the reader an insight into his illustrious academic and diplomatic career. The volume also includes his articles on diplomacy and international law, art, culture, heritage, nature and environmental issues.

My Best With Honour

Author : William Wan
ISBN : 9789814779623
Genre : Self-Help
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My Best with Honour features 12 prominent personalities who were scouts while in school and whose lives have been transformed by scouting. Today, they are inspirational role models. My Best with Honour shares a message of trust and trustworthiness in relationships. It is a book for everyone, not just scouts. It is a book of inspiration on what brings goodness and success in life and how one can build character and develop self-esteem and confidence. The chosen personalities fall across different age demographics and range from Joshua Chin, a young man who is still serving National Service to Andrew Chua, a gentleman who has been involved in scouting for nearly 60 years. And as scouting is not just for males, we also feature Stephanie Seow, a female Venture Scout. This collection will inspire readers to do their best and to succeed in life and win with honour.

The Making Of The Asean Charter

Author : Rosario G. Manalo
ISBN : 9789812833914
Genre : Political Science
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On the historic occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2007, the leaders of the ten-member countries signed the ASEAN Charter. This book captures the insiders' views of the drafting of the Charter. It is suitable for those interested in ASEAN, and international law.

50 Years Of Singapore And The United Nations

Author : Tommy Koh
ISBN : 9789814713061
Genre : Political Science
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In 2015, Singapore marks the 50th anniversary of its independence, and the United Nations (UN) the 70th anniversary of its founding. This book celebrates 50 years of a mutually beneficial relationship between Singapore and the UN. In the early years of Singapore's independence, the UN system provided Singapore with many benefits which were helpful in Singapore's journey from the Third World to the First. As Singapore has made progress in its developmental journey, it is now able to give back to the international community through programmes such as the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), under which officials from developing countries are offered training in areas which are beneficial to their countries. Singapore has actively contributed to improving global governance and strengthening institutions that are important to the management of global issues at the UN, IMF, World Bank, IMO, etc. The Singapore Government has also sent its soldiers and police officers to participate in UN's peace-keeping and peace-making operations. This volume brings together 45 essays by Singaporeans who have made or are making important contributions to the work of the UN system. The reader will be able to learn about the UN as seen through the eyes of Singaporeans who have served as Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the World Trade Organization, or as professional staff in the various specialised agencies, programmes and funds that are part of the UN. We hope that the life stories and experiences shared by the essayists will remind readers that although Singapore is a very small country, we are a good global citizen and have tried to make this a better world. Contents:Foreword by PM Lee Hsien LoongMessage by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonPreface by Tommy Koh, Li Lin Chang and Joanna KohStatement to the 20th Session of the General Assembly by S RajaratnamAddress to the UN 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Meeting by Goh Chok TongUnited Nations (New York)United Nations (Geneva) · WTO · GATTUnited Nations Specialised AgenciesUnited Nations PeacekeepingUnited Nations Secretariat Readership: Statesmen, policy-makers, diplomats, scholars and anyone who may be interested in Singapore and the United Nations, and international relations. Keywords:United Nations;Singapore;GLobal Governance;UN System;Nation-Building;Small State

Singapore And Unicef

Author : Peggy Kek
ISBN : 9789814730839
Genre : Social Science
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Singapore's well-documented economic progress since independence owes a big debt to the initial investment that the nation made in raising the nutrition, hygiene, health and education standards of its children. In the early days the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) provided some assistance. The relationship has evolved as Singapore's socioeconomic circumstances improved. Educated and qualified Singaporeans themselves were recruited into the ranks of UNICEF international staff, and left their home country to work on programmes for vulnerable children in developing countries throughout the world. As Singapore celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2015 and UNICEF looks forward to its 70th anniversary in 2016, Singapore and UNICEF: Working for Children takes a timely look at their past collaborative efforts to advance the rights of the child and help children realise their full potential. Although UNICEF has collaborated with many partner institutions and individuals in Singapore over the past few decades, little has been documented and not all in one publication. The lively essays, candid interviews and first-hand accounts in this volume provide meaningful reflections on the history of the relationship and insights into UNICEF's work and its involvement with diverse parts of Singapore society. Written by several former UNICEF staff, consultants and volunteers, this book will appeal to all who are interested in development, human rights, civil society and the work of a UN humanitarian agency.Contents: Message by Ambassador Tommy Koh Foreword by Daniel Toole Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Singapore and UNICEF Working for Children (Peggy Kek and Penny Whitworth) A Brief History of UNICEF in Singapore (Peggy Kek) Singaporeans in Action: UNICEF in the Field: Improving Children's Lives in Laos (Ng Shui-Meng with Peggy Kek) From Singapore to Mongolia and Romania: Taking Early Childhood Development Further with UNICEF (Khoo Kim Choo) From Italy to Vietnam: Two Very Different UNICEF Operations (Peggy Kek) The Power of a Little Trust and Credit (Ng Shui-Meng with Peggy Kek) "Chatting With My Best Friend": Fighting HIV-AIDS in Nepal (Cheng Wing-Sie with Peggy Kek) Emergency Mode in Timor-Leste (Ng Shui-Meng with Peggy Kek) UNICEF Internationals in Action: UNICEF in Singapore: Singapore Impressions (Karsten Sohns) From Geneva to Singapore: Sales Support to National Partners (Penny Whitworth) A Swede in Singapore (Per-Olov Lennartsson with Penny Whitworth) My Journey to Singapore with UNICEF (Jackie Leung) Volunteer Action in Singapore: Civil Society: A Special Relationship (Penny Whitworth) Not All Business (Tony Coker) Breastfeeding Mother's Support Group (Singapore) and UNICEF (Lynette Thomas) Miracle on 34th Street: UNICEF and Dreams Coming True (Kenneth Tan) A Christmas to Remember (Carolyn Tay) Inspired by UNICEF (Simon Fenley) The Art of Giving (Penny Whitworth) Reflections: From Academic to Development Worker (Ng Shui-Meng with Peggy Kek) From Journalist to HIV-AIDS Adviser (Cheng Wing-Sie with Peggy Kek) For the Children I Came to Know (Peggy Kek) A Practice to Build On (Penny Whitworth) Appendix Convention on the Rights of the Child About the Editors Selected Bibliography Readership: For general readers who are interested in the field of human development; educators; active members of civil society.Key Features: The book employs a distinct examination of Singapore's engagement with a UN agency, presenting a wide range of individual perspectives not usually available It is highly readable. The subject matter is presented in an easily digestible collection of essays, interviews and personal accounts The contents of the book are new and original. The contributors include Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, former and current UNICEF representatives and specialists, an entrepreneur, community service volunteers, experts in the field of media, marketing and communicationsKeywords: UNICEF; Singapore; Children; Development; Education; Microfinance; Micro Credit; Emergency; Volunteer; Volunteering; Laos; Nepal; China; Timor Leste; United Nations Children's Fund; UN; United Nations; Greeting Cards

The Singapore Lion

Author : Irene Ng
ISBN : 9789814279512
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Irene Ng has written a book that gives a comprehensive portrayal of Mr Rajaratnam - one of Singapore's outstanding leaders who played a crucial part in the momentous and crisis-ridden transition to iindependence. This is a book about the man and his wisdom. One would fail to appreciate him until one reads this absorbing book and reflects on the acuity and breadth of his insights and his wisdom." - S. R. Nathan, President of Singapore "In the course of a thirty-three year career in diplomacy, I met many great leaders. Having done so, I can confidently assert that S. Rajaratnam was one of the greatest leaders I met. Sadly, few in Singapore understand how great Rajaratnam was. This well-researched comprehensive volume by Irene Ng therefore fills a real need. Both Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans will benefit a lot from reading it." - Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore "Rajaratnam is one of the founding fathers of modern Singapore. He was Singapore's first and longest serving foreign minister. He was a rebel and a revolutionary. He was an intellectual and a man of action. In this wonderful book, Irene Ng tells the story of this remarkable leader of Singapore. I found the book both enjoyable and insightful." - Tommy Koh, Ambassador-At-Large, Singapore

George Yeo On Bonsai Banyan And The Tao

Author : Asad-ul Iqbal Latif
ISBN : 9789814518710
Genre : Political Science
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Since his undergraduate days in Cambridge, George Yeo has spoken and written much in and out of government. Many remember the things which he said or wrote years ago. This book is a compilation of some of his best speeches and writings which were selected by Asad Latif and Lee Huay Leng in consultation with him. The book has a rather unusual title because there are many aspects to George Yeo which makes him difficult to classify. As a student leader, he was radical but conciliatory. In the Singapore Armed Forces, he was atypical, moving from the Army to the Air Force before becoming Director of Joint Operations and Planning. In politics, he is fondly remembered by artists, journalists, doctors, businessmen and foreign diplomats, and by his colleagues and constituents. His own staff said he had a curious mind. They complained that he rarely used the drafts which they had prepared for him. George Yeo describes himself as a Taoist even though he is a Roman Catholic and is now on the Papal staff. Buddhists are surprised he championed the revival of Nalanda University as an international project. He remains close to Singaporeans of different races and religions even though he has a deep sense of his own ancestral roots and religion. In politics, he has been described both as a liberal and a conservative. In his Parliamentary maiden speech, he spoke of the importance of democracy but has repeated many times that democracy is only a means and not an end in itself. He has a deep interest in history which partly explains his seeing the re-emergence of China and India earlier than most others. The bonsai and the banyan are metaphors he uses for Singapore. Singapore is a city-state and must never have an inflated view of itself. The bonsai describes Singapore modestly, but he adds that the bonsai can be intensely interesting and valuable. The banyan provides shade and we are grateful for it, but too much makes us weak. As for the Tao, that perhaps is what gives unity to his many interests. Contents:Singapore and PoliticsCulture and ValuesMedia and Social MediaGeopoliticsAppendices Readership: The general public, policy-makers and academics keen on Asian politics and international relations. Keywords:George Yeo;Singapore;Politics;Economy;PAP;General ElectionReviews: "This is a wonderful book by one of the foremost statesmen and social thinkers of our time. Though the themes covered display a huge variety in this wide-ranging collection of essays and speeches by George Yeo, there is a foundational interest in Asia's vast possibilities that motivates his illuminating and powerful reflections." Amartya Sen Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences “Every reader will take away something from the collection … I thought I knew what made me personally appreciate him as a political figure. The fuller picture revealed in his speeches shows us someone who is searching deeply and widely for answers to the human condition. This is someone we should all want to know better.” Professor Wang Gungwu Chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and East Asian Institute "As can be seen in this splendid collection of speeches and commentaries, George Yeo's knowledge is wide-ranging as well. He can speak informatively about everything from the arrival and impact of the Internet in traditional societies to the role of city-regions in a globalized world to the woes and wonders of multi-ethnic and multi-religious polities. The reader will be well-rewarded by delving into this rich depository of insights and ideas." Nicolas Berggruen Chairman of the Berggruen Institute and Berggruen Holdings "This thick tome by George Yeo may help you pass your General Paper exams. His views can be unconventional and unexpected. For some, this book could be a collection of quotable quotes. For others, hopefully a challenge to rise and make Singapore a great home for us all." Singaporean digital news agency “George Yeo's thinking is clear, consistent, and, at times, controversial. It is underpinned by a deep knowledge of history. This collection of speeches provides timely insight into the development of Singapore — and food for thought on some of today's most challenging issues.” Sunday Morning Post "It demonstrates the breadth of knowledge, depth of thinking, and the rare penmanship that communicates his perspectives in a style both lucid and succinct … The gems of wisdom in this book were crystallized by an avid scholar of international relations, philosophy, public policy, and area studies, who embodies the ideals of a scholar-statesman with notable achievements in military, academia, politics, religion and business." Asian Journal for Public Affairs

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