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.
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.
Akinremi Bolaji (Nigeria)