The coordinators of the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development are from the governments of Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, the Republic of Korea and Romania
Jens-Michael Bopp is currently First Secretary working within the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN
Sylvia Paola Mendoza Elguea Mexico
Akinremi Bolaji is currently Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of the Second Committee in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN.
Born on 4th December 1965, in Ibadan, the largest city in West Africa, Mr Akinremi Bolaji joined the Diplomatic Service of Nigeria in 1993, after a stint in the private and media sector. His foreign service training traversed both Nigerian and Indian Academy. He is a Multilateralist Diplomat and has served in the Embassy of Nigeria in Addis Ababa.
He served as the Chief Protocol Officer in The Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Before is Posting to New York He was the Deputy Director & Head of Policy planning Division as well as Head Crisis Management and Public Communications Division cum Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Nigeria,
He is a Political Economist with unusual skill in Protocol, Event Planning and Management, and Project design.
He is a committed Husband, Father and a Preacher of the Good News.
Yeongmoo Cho, is currently Counsellor working within the Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the UN
Cristina Popescu is currently working within the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN, as delegate to the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly and she is in charge of the development portfolio, ECOSOC coordination and the UN Funds and Programs active in the development field.
Her professional contribution is focused on bringing the national and the European vision to the current debate on supporting fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals globally. The UN has to deliver on the 2030 Agenda – the universal framework document setting up 17 SDGs and 169 targets – and the Member States and the UN bodies have to ensure that humanity fully engage on a sustainable and resilient path, ensuring that no one is left behind.
Cristina Popescu had previously worked within the Embassy of Romania to Italy and the Embassy of Romania to the Czech Republic, in charge with the European affairs portfolio, she worked in various political directorates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and as an expert within the Department of European Integration, the Government of Romania.
She holds a PhD in Ethics of Conflict Negotiation from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest, a Diplôme d’études approfondies in European Studies from the European Institute of the University of Geneva and a Master in International Relations from the Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences of the University of Bucharest. She has a diploma in Political Science from the Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences of the University of Bucharest.