China's Liu Zhenmin named new head of UN Economic and Social Affairs Department

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Liu Zhenmin, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

8 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Liu Zhenmin of China as the next Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

According to a statement issued by the Secretary-General's office, Mr. Liu – currently Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China – brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in the diplomatic service, with a strong focus on the promotion of bilateral, regional and global issues.

He was deeply involved for ten years in climate change negotiations including the conclusion of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, added the statement.

Furthermore, over the last several years, in various capacities, he has been consistently highlighting and advocating for sustainable development issues.

Having started his career at the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1982, Mr. Liu served as an Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the UN Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland, as well as a number of other senior positions.

Mr. Liu succeeds Wu Hongbo, to whom Secretary-General Guterres expressed his appreciation for his commitment and dedicated service, and for playing key role in the preparations for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, third International Conference on Financing for Development, and the UN Ocean Conference.

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