30 May 2014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Designates Yiping Zhou of China


Envoy on South-South Cooperation


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the designation of Yiping Zhou of China as his Envoy on South-South Cooperation.

Since December 2004, Mr. Zhou has been Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), leading the Organization’s system-wide promotion and coordination of South-South cooperation in the global South.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of Cooperation South, one of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) signature development journals.

Prior to that, Mr. Zhou served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Adviser of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation from 1997 to 2004, and as Regional Programme Officer of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific from 1992 to 1997.  He was Project Management Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services from 1985 to 1992.

Before joining the United Nations system, Mr. Zhou worked as Policy Officer in the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of the Government of the People’s Republic of China from 1980 to 1984.  From 1984-1985, he served as a diplomat in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations.

Born in 1955, Mr. Zhou, an economist, graduated from Fudan University in 1977, and then pursued further applied academic research and studies at the Canberra College of Advanced Education in Australia from 1978 to 1979.

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