Co Chairs

Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development is chaired by the Ambassadors from the governments of the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and Romania.

Ambassador OH Youngju Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York

OH Youngju is currently Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York (2015- ). She was Director-General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) from May 2013 until her appointment to the Korean Mission to the UN in September 2015. Previously she held positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director-General for Development Cooperation (2012-2013) and Director, United Nations Division (2005-2007), as well as being Director-General at the Nuclear Security Summit Preparatory Secretariat (2011-2012). Ambassador Oh’s other diplomatic postings include serving at the Korean Embassy in the People’s Republic of China (2007-2011) and the Korean Consulate General in Fukuoka, Japan (2000-2005).Ambassador Oh received her Masters in Pacific International Affairs at the University of California, San Diego and graduated from the Department of Politics and Diplomacy at Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

Ambassador Ion Jinga
is Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations.

Ion Jinga graduated from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Bucharest. He subsequently graduated from the Faculty of Law at The University of Bucharest and from the National School for Political and Administrative Studies. He then attended a Master’s course at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, which resulted in an MA in European Administration. Next he completed an International Relations course at the University of Leeds, under a “Know How Fund” scholarship offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Between 1997 and 1999, he conducted a NATO-funded research project entitled “Joining NATO, the EU, and the WEU: differences, similarities, synergies. Romania’s case”. In 1999 he received a PhD in Law for his thesis entitled “Institutional Reform of the European Union in the Context of the Intergovernmental Conference to Review the Maastricht Treaty”.

Ion Jinga taught courses within the field of European Integration as an associate professor within the National School for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. Between 2002 and 2003 he also taught as an associate professor within the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He authored and co-authored five books and over 30 articles on European Integration topics published in peer-reviewed journals.

Ambassador Jinga joined the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 1992. Between 2002 and 2003 he was Director General for the European Union within the Ministry and one of the six members of the Romanian Delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe (which prepared the Constitutional Treaty of the European Union, later transformed into the Treaty of Lisbon). On the 9th of April, 2003 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the Kingdom of Belgium and on March 7th, 2008, he was appointed Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Romania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition of the merits of his diplomatic activity in the service of Romania, Ambassador Jinga received the following distinctions: the National Order for Merit with the Rank of Officer (Romania) in 2000; Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (France) in 2003; The Patriarchal Cross of the Romanian Orthodox Church (Romania) in 2005; Grande Croix de l’Ordre de la Couronne (Belgium) in 2008; The Cross of the Royal House of Romania, in 2008. Ion Jinga also received the title “Ambassador of the year 2007 in Belgium” within the Belgian Award of Diplomatic Excellence 2007 ceremony, awarded by the “Diplomacy and Global Risk NGO” and the “Diplomatic News” magazine in Brussels. In 2012 he successively received the title “Diplomat of the Year from Europe” from the Diplomat Magazine in London, the Medal “Graduate of Excellence”, from the National School for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest (being the first graduate to ever receive this distinction from this university), and the title “Diplomat of the Year 2012”, awarded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania on the occasion of celebrating 150 years of Romanian diplomacy. In 2013 he was included in “Top 100 people who change Romania”; in 2015 Ambassador Jinga received the title “Diplomat of the Year 2015 in the UK” and in 2016, Ambassador Jinga was elected as the Honorary President of the Global Romanian Society of Young Professionals, New York, USA. He delivered lectures at Columbia University, Utah Valley University and Harvard University.

Ambassador Juan Sandoval-Mendiolea is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations.

He is a career diplomat since 1992. He holds a Law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City and has undertaken postgraduate courses in International and European Economic Law (Université de Paris-X Nanterre), Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Université de Paris II-Panthéon-Assas), as well as specialized courses in international law in Switzerland, The Netherlands and Brazil.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico he started as Analyst,
Chief of Department, and Under Director of the Directorate General for the United Nations Organization. From 1994 to 2001, Ambassador Sandoval served as Legal and Human Rights Counselor at the Mexican Embassy in France, and as Deputy and Interim Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) from 2001 until 2006, where he oversaw legal issues and hemispheric security, including drug enforcement, transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption.

Ambassador Sandoval has represented Mexico in the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) and in the Inter-American Convention against Corruption Follow-Up Mechanism (MESICIC). Furthermore, he has participated in several conferences at the UN, the OECD, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe, among others. He was President of the Special Committee on Transnational Organized Crime of the OAS (2005-2006). He participated in the negotiation team during the preparatory process for the Conferences COP16/CMP6 on Climate Change held in Cancun.

In the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sandoval has been Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Inter-American Regional Organisms and Mechanisms (2006- 2007), and during this time he also served as Deputy National Organizer of Summits. He was Director of Cabinet of the Under-Secretary of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights from 2007 until 2013. He led the process for Mexico’s admission to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Australia Group and the Nuclear Supplier’s Group.

In July 2013 he was appointed as Director General for United Nations Affairs. In this capacity, he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador of Mexico in October 2014.

In the academic field, Ambassador Sandoval has taught International Organizations and International Organizations Theory at Universidad Iberoamericana, and he was assistant professor in International Public Law at Escuela Libre de Derecho of Mexico City. He has been lecturer in Institutions such as Toulouse University, Escuela Superior de Guerra, Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Olmeca, Colegio de México, Instituto Matías Romero and Georgetown University. He is member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).

He has been decorated with the Order of Isabella the Catholic by the Spain Kingdom. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
He is married and father of two children.


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