Press Releases

    UNIS/BIO/636
    7 March 2002

    NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF KOREA
    PRESENTS CREDENTIALS

    VIENNA, 7 March (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Korea to the United Nations (Vienna), Young-jin Choi, presented his credentials on Thursday to Steinar B. Bjornsson, Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), and the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP).

    Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Choi was Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Between 1998 and 1999, he served as Assistant Secretary-General for peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. From 1995 to 1997 he was Deputy Executive Director at the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization in New York. Before he was named Director-General of the International Economic Affairs Bureau at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994, Mr. Choi was First Senior Coordinator at the Policy Planning Office at the Ministry from 1991 to 1993.

    Mr. Choi joined Korea’s Foreign Service in 1972 after he passed the National Examination for Diplomats. His overseas assignments included Washington, DC, Tunisia, France and Senegal.

    Mr. Choi has earned his MA and PhD degrees in International Relations from the University of Paris. His BAs in International Relations and Medical Studies are from Yonsei University.

    He is married with two children.

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