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Michel Tommo Monthe of Cameroon Chair of Third Committee
Michel Tommo Monthe of Cameroon was elected Chair of the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) on 27 August 2010. (See Press Release GA/SHC/3971)
He was named his country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations on 8 September 2008. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Monthe served as Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) from 2006. Before that, he was Special Adviser to the President of the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.
From 1996 until 2004, he was Inspector General in Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations, responsible for inspections of central services, diplomatic missions and consulates abroad, as well as coordinator of all files relating to multilateral cooperation, particularly those relating to the United Nations.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Monthe chaired the Anti-Corruption Unit in the Ministry, prior to which he was the Secretary-General responsible for the general coordination of its various services. Between 1990 and 1992, he served as Chargé de Mission in the Diplomatic Division of the General Secretariat at the Presidency. From 1989 to 1990, he was a Technical Adviser in the Ministry of External Relations, having previously been responsible for consular affairs in the Protocol Department from 1975 to 1977.
Mr. Monthe served a previous term in New York from 1977 to 1989, holding the posts of Second Secretary, First Secretary, Second Counsellor and First Counsellor at his country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, as well as a doctorate in international relations from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, University of Yaoundé II.
Born on 26 March 1947 at Bana, Cameroon, Mr. Monthe is married and has six children.
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* This supersedes Press Release BIO/4018 of 8 September 2008.