Who is Le Luong Minh, ASEAN Secretary-General?

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Le Luong Minh (left) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Le Luong Minh was born on September 1, 1952. He is a native of Thanh Hoa, a coastal town 150 kilometers south of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi.

Minh studied Diplomacy at the University of Foreign Affairs (now the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam) in Hanoi and received his degree in 1974. He then studied linguistics and English literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

In 1975, he began his career in Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Director-General for International Organisations in 1993. In 1995, he was appointed as Ambassador – Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva. In 1997, he was appointed as Ambassador – Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Headquarters.

Between December 1999 to December 2002, Minh was Deputy Director-General, then Acting Director-General for International Organisations in Vietnam’sForeign Ministry. He became Acting Director-General, then Director-General for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Foreign Ministry from December 2002 to  January 2004.

From 2004 to 2011, Minh was Vietnam’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the United Nations. From August 2007 to December 2008, he was concurrently Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and from December 2008 till the end of his tenure in June 2011 concurrently Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

He was nominated ASEAN Secretary-General by the government of Vietnam, a post which he took over on January 1, 2013. The ASEAN leaders endorsed him as ASEAN Secretary-General for 2013-2017 in a ceremony at the bloc’s headquarter in Jakarta on January 7, 2013.

He is married and has two daughters.

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Le Luong Minh (left) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Le Luong Minh was born on September 1, 1952. He is a native of Thanh Hoa, a coastal town 150 kilometers south of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi.

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Le Luong Minh (left) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Le Luong Minh was born on September 1, 1952. He is a native of Thanh Hoa, a coastal town 150 kilometers south of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi.

Minh studied Diplomacy at the University of Foreign Affairs (now the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam) in Hanoi and received his degree in 1974. He then studied linguistics and English literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

In 1975, he began his career in Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Director-General for International Organisations in 1993. In 1995, he was appointed as Ambassador – Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva. In 1997, he was appointed as Ambassador – Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Headquarters.

Between December 1999 to December 2002, Minh was Deputy Director-General, then Acting Director-General for International Organisations in Vietnam’sForeign Ministry. He became Acting Director-General, then Director-General for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Foreign Ministry from December 2002 to  January 2004.

From 2004 to 2011, Minh was Vietnam’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative to the United Nations. From August 2007 to December 2008, he was concurrently Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and from December 2008 till the end of his tenure in June 2011 concurrently Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

He was nominated ASEAN Secretary-General by the government of Vietnam, a post which he took over on January 1, 2013. The ASEAN leaders endorsed him as ASEAN Secretary-General for 2013-2017 in a ceremony at the bloc’s headquarter in Jakarta on January 7, 2013.

He is married and has two daughters.

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