SG APPOINTS KYUNG-WHA KANG OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ASG FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND DERC
THE FOLLOWING IS A MESSAGE FROM VALERIE AMOS, EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR Dear IASC colleagues, I am pleased to tell you that today the SG announced the selection of Ms. Kyung-wha Kang as OCHA's new ASG and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. I have attached the SG's announcement below. Ms. Kang is currently the Deputy High Commissioner at OHCHR and previously worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (including as Director-General of International Organisations and as Minister at the Republic of Korea mission to the UN). Earlier in her career, she worked for the Korean Broadcasting System and lectured in universities. She has a BA in political science and diplomacy, a MA in mass communication, and a PhD in intercultural communication. She is married and has three children. Ms. Kang will start in New York on 8 April. Among her responsibilities will be to chair the IASC Working Group in her role as Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator so I know she will anxious to meet many of you in the coming weeks ahead. Please join me in welcoming Kyung-wha. All best wishes, Valerie SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS KYUNG-WHA KANG OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Kyung-wha Kang (Republic of Korea) as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Ms. Kang will replace Ms. Catherine Bragg of Canada to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedication to humanitarian issues. Ms. Kang has been Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights at the level of Assistant Secretary-General since January 2007. During her tenure at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) she has been responsible for the overall management of the organisation. Ms. Kang also led the establishment of OHCHR’s support structure for the Universal Periodic Review and chaired the United Nations Development Group’s Human Rights Mainstreaming mechanism. Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Kang worked as Director-General of International Organization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. She served as Minister at the Republic of Korea Mission to the United Nations from September 2001 to July 2005. During this period, she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women. Before joining the Foreign Office in 1998, Ms. Kang assisted the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in the fields of women’s advancement and parliamentary diplomacy. Earlier in her career, she worked for the news bureau and the international radio bureau of the Korean Broadcasting System, and lectured in universities both in Korea and the United States. Ms. Kang graduated from Yonsei University where she obtained a BA in political science and diplomacy. She also has a M.A. in mass communication and a Ph.D. in intercultural communication, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the United States. Born in 1955, Seoul, Korea, Ms. Kang is married to Yillbyung Lee. They have two daughters and one son.