2020: H.E. Munir Akram (Pakistan)

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His Excellency Mr. Munir Akram, the seventy-sixth President of the Economic and Social Council

His Excellency Munir Akram was elected seventy-sixth President of the Economic and Social Council on 23 July 2020. Ambassador Akram is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York.

Biography

Seventy-sixth President of the Economic and Social Council

His Excellency Munir Akram was elected seventy-sixth President of the Economic and Social Council on 23 July 2020. Ambassador Akram is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Akram assumed his position as Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, on November 1, 2019.

Ambassador Munir Akram previously served as Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York for six years between 2002 and 2008, after serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva for seven years from 1995 to 2002.

Between 1988 and 1992, Munir Akram was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the European Council, Belgium and Luxemburg.

During his term at the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram served twice as President of the Security Council in May 2003 and in May 2004; President of the Economic and Social Council in 2005; Chairman of the Group of 77 and China (developing countries) in 2007, and Facilitator on UN Administrative Reform in 2006.

Among the positions he held in various intergovernmental organizations were: Member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament; Chairman of the WTO Trade Policy Review Body; President of the Conference on Disarmament (June 1996). 

Ambassador Akram joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1967, holding various positions in the Foreign Ministry as Additional Foreign Secretary and Director-General dealing with the United Nations.

He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Karachi. He is a prolific writer and has lectured and published several articles and papers on various strategic, political and economic issues.

In recognition of his selfless service and outstanding performance in the field of diplomacy and foreign policy, he was conferred the Award of Hilal-i-Quaid-e-Azam by the President of Pakistan.

Statements

23 July 2021

Handover Remarks at ECOSOC Organizational Session

16 July 2021

Statement at the Closing of the High Level Segment of the ECOSOC

15 July 2021

Closing remarks at 2021 HLPF of the ECOSOC

6 July 2021

Opening remarks at the Opening of the 2021 High-level political forum on sustainable development 

21 May 2021

Remarks at General Assembly High-Level Event on Culture and Sustainable Development

18 May 2021

Opening Remarks at ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

17 May 2021

Remarks at the 30th Anniversary Session of Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

6 May 2021

Opening Statementat the 2021 High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum

5 May 2021

Closing Remarks on Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

4 May 2021

Remarks to the Virtual Innovation Exhibit

4 May 2021

Speaking at the Virtual opening session of the Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology, and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

3 May 2021

Closing statement at the Virtual 2021 ECOSOC Partnership Forum “Partnership as a Game Changer for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19”

3 May 2021

Opening Statement at the Virtual 2021 ECOSOC Partnership Forum “Partnership as a Game Changer for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19”

30 April 2021

Statement at the Virtual UN Global Compact’s Strategy High Level Briefing

29 April 2021

Opening Remarks to the ECOSOC Special Spring Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

28 April 2021

Opening Remarks at the SDG 16 Conference 2021

28 April 2021

Statement at the Virtual Side Event of the 77th UNESCAP Session, "Debt Relief in the Aftermath of the Pandemic”

27 April 2021

Statement to the High-Level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity

26 April 2021

Opening Remarks at the 77th Session of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific

26 April 2021

Opening Remarks on High-level Round Table on Major Forest-related Developments Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests

23 April 2021

Closing Statement on the Special Virtual Meeting of SIDS, LDCs, and LLDCs

23 April 2021

Opening Statement on the Special Virtual Meeting of SIDS, LDCs, and LLDCs

16 April 2021

Closing Statement at Special High-level Meeting on “A Vaccine for all”

16 April 2021

Opening Statement at Special High-level Meeting on “A Vaccine for all”

15 April 2021

Closing Remarks at the Financing for Development Forum

7 April 2021

Opening Statement at ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 – commemorating its 10th Anniversary

17 March 2021

Opening Statement at the 5th session of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

16 March 2021

Statement on Fourth meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development

22 February 2021

Statement at 23rd session of the Committee for Development Policy

22 February 2021

Statement at the Virtual Plenary of the 5th session of UNEA

18 February 2021

Statement on Reimagining Equality: Eliminating racism, xenophobia and discrimination for all in the Decade of Action for the SDGs

10 February 2021

Statement on World Pulses Day

9 February 2021

Welcoming Remarks at Economic and Social Council Side Event: Women’s human rights and environment sustainability: challenges and opportunities

8 February 2021

Statement at Opening Session of Commission for Social Development,Priority Theme: “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”

27 Januray 2021

Statement at the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Financing for Development: Session 5: Towards a more coherent and consistent multilateral system: Priority policy proposals

23 Januray 2021

Statement on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN Economic and Social Council

10 December 2020

Statement on the High-level Virtual Panel “AU Silencing the Guns initiative – the role of illicit financial flows in fuelling instability in Africa”

7 December 2020

Statement on the World Soil Day

3 December 2020

Statement on Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

2 December 2020

Statement on Transforming Agrifood systems and fostering inclusive rural development in the context of COVID-19 to end rural poverty

1 December 2020

Statement at the Joint High-Level Informal meeting of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council to Commemorate the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD)

24 November 2020

Statement on IDLO Assembly of Parties Meeting

19 November 2020

Statement on Joint Meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)

13 November 2020

Statement on “A Universal Vision for a Global Threat” Virtual Ministerial Event Commemorating 20 Years of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols

9 November 2020

Statement on 15th Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

3 November 2020

Remarks on Security Council Debate: Contemporary Drivers of Conflict

2 November 2020

Statement on UN Civil Society Meeting of Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

29 October 2020

Remarks on Global Online Dialogue Series ‘Technological and Science-based Solutions to the COVID-19 Challenge’

26 October 2020

Statement at the Observance Ceremony in Commemoration of the United Nations Day (delivered by Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, H.E. Ambassador Collen Vixen Kelapile (Botswana) on behalf of the President of the Council)

16 October 2020

Statement on World Food Day 2020

14 October 2020

Statement on Joint meeting of the Second Committee of the General Assembly at its 75th session and the Economic and Social Council

30 September 2020

Statement on Opening of the United Nations Summit on  Biodiversity

29 September 2020

Statement for High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the ERA of COVID-19 and Beyond

28 September 2020

Statement at the Webinar “Forest at the heart of a green recovery from COVID-19”

28 September 2020

Statement on Virtual Dialogue with CARICOM countries

24 September 2020

Closing Remarks on Launch of the Interim Report of the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrityfor Achieving the 2030 Agenda

22 September 2020

Briefing to the UN Human Rights Council on the UN High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda

21 September 2020

Statement at the HL meeting to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the UN

18 September 2020

Statement at the SDG Moment

17 September 2020

Statement at the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the LDC

16 September 2020

Statement at Virtual Symposium, “Multilateralism Matters to Business”

11 September 2020

Statement at Virtual Interactive Dialogue between the President of the ECOSOC and Permanent Representatives of the PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing States)

10 September 2020

Statement at the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

23 July 2020

Inaugural Speech at ECOSOC President Handover Ceremony