Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015


H.E. DR. IFTEKHAR AHMED CHOWDHURY – Foreign Advisor, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury assumed the responsibility of Adviser (Foreign Minister) for Foreign Affairs to the Caretaker Government on 18 January 2007. Besides, he was also given the portfolios of the Ministries of Expatriates' Welfare and Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs.

Dr. Chowdhury stood First Class First in B.A. Honours in Political Science at the University of Dhaka and also obtained an M.A. and Ph.D in International Relations from the Australian National University, Canberra. Earlier, he secured a High First Division in Intermediate of Arts, and a place in Matriculation Examination. In the Superior Service Competitive Examination in 1968, he stood first in then East Pakistan and joined the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1969.

Throughout a career that spanned across a period of nearly 38 years, Dr. Chowdhury held many senior positions in the government including that of Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2001-2007), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (1996-2000) and Ambassador to Qatar (1994-1996). He has been a Secretary to the Government. He also had concurrent accreditation to the Holy See (Vatican), Chile and Peru as Ambassador.

During his long stints in Geneva and New York, he had been the President of the Conference on Disarmament, Chairman of the WTO Council on Trade Policy Review, WTO Committee on Trade and Development, Chairman, United Nations Information Committee, Chairman, Population and Development Commission, Vice Chairman, Human Rights Commission, and Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly, and Vice Chairman, UNICEF, among other positions.

He had been actively associated with the United Nations reform process as a facilitator appointed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly. He was responsible for conducting negotiations on the paragraphs on "Responsibility to Protect" in the United Nations reform document, which he did successfully.