Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General

Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Wu Hongbo was appointed United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on 1 August 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Wu served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Germany. Among his various diplomatic assignments, Mr. Wu served as China’s Ambassador to the Philippines.

Mr. Wu was extensively engaged previously in a broad range of social and economic issues relating to Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) and Macao SAR, having served as Director and Director-General of the Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and China’s Chief Representative of Sino-British Joint Liaison Group. He was a leading official responsible for handling Hong Kong SAR’s ties with over 30 international organizations and the continued application of over 200 international conventions to Hong Kong SAR.

Mr. Wu brings to DESA his outstanding policy-making experience and problem-solving skills, as well as rich and extensive experience with multilateral organizations and international conferences. As Director-General and later Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Mr. Wu worked with the Chinese inter-agency coordination mechanism for the Boao Forum for Asia, the Chinese working group for the implementation mechanism of the UN conventions on environment and development, and the Chinese inter-ministry coordination mechanism for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

As Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Wu guides UN Secretariat support for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including . He has overseen the substantive support by DESA to a numerous intergovernmental processes, including more recently, the intergovernmental deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, the General Assembly High-level Meeting on Persons with Disability, the High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development. Support to the annual meetings of the Second and Third Committees of the General Assembly, the meetings of the Economic and Social Council, including its annual Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up and Development Cooperation Forum, and the work of the functional commissions of ECOSOC are also delivered under the guidance of USG Wu.

In addition to intergovernmental processes, Mr. Wu oversees DESA’s policy analysis and capacity development work. He also serves as the Convenor of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs and the Chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development. Mr. Wu advises the United Nations Secretary-General on all development-related issues, including sustainable development, internet governance, and financing for development.`

Mr. Wu is currently the Secretary-General of the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, which will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. Mr. Wu also served as the Secretary-General of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States(Apia, 2014), the third International Conference on Financing for Development(Addis Ababa, 2015) and the Global Sustainable Transport Conference (Ashgabat, 2016).

Mr. Wu graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and pursued his postgraduate studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

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