The Sixth Committee (Legal) elected Burhan Gafoor (Singapore) as Chair on 31 May 2017. (See Press Release GA/11915.)
Before his appointment as Permanent Representative, Mr. Gafoor served as High Commissioner to Australia from 2014. He was Singapore’s Chief Negotiator on United Nations climate change negotiations from 2010 to 2014.
Between 2007 and 2010, Mr. Gafoor was Ambassador to France, and from 2004 to 2007, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
Having joined the Foreign Service in 1988, Mr. Gafoor has held several other positions, including that of Press Secretary to the Prime Minister from 2002 to 2004. He represented Singapore as President of the Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2006, and as Chairman of the Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Development, World Trade Organization, from 2006 to 2007.
Mr. Gafoor holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in political science from the National University of Singapore, a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a degree in public administration from the École nationale d’administration in Paris.
Born on 20 October 1965, he is married and has two sons.
* This supersedes Press Release BIO/4874 of 22 August 2016.