Alounkeo Kittikhoun

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Alounkeo Kittikhoun
Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos
Assumed office
Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos
In office
Chair of the UN Group of Landlocked Developing Countries
In office
Lao Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations
In office
Personal details
Born (1951-10-10) October 10, 1951 (age 65)

Alounkeo Kittikhoun (born October 10, 1951) is the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos,[1] and is the country's ASEAN Senior Officials Meetings (SOM) Leader (the top representative within this forum).[2] Prior to his Vice Ministerial role, Kittikhoun was Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs (2007-2011). This position was preceded by his service as the Lao Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (1993-2007). Kittikhoun is noted for maintaining the longest length of service as a Lao diplomat, and is one of the longest-serving Ambassadors at the United Nations.[citation needed]

One of his most notable achievements is his leadership of the group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), having served as Chair of the group at the United Nations from 1999-2007. He gained recognition for this group of countries, especially during the preparatory process and in the negotiations that led to the first-ever International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries, Donor Countries, and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation, in 2003.[3] The Conference adopted the Almaty Programme of Action, the blueprint for the international community to assist landlocked developing countries.[4]

During his tenure at the United Nations, he was also Vice President of the UN General Assembly (50th Session in 1994), Chair of the Asian Group (1994, 2003 and 2006), Chair of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (1996), Chair of the 18th Meeting of the State Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (2000), Vice-President of the Executive Board of UNICEF (2001), President of the 12th session of the High Level Committee on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (2001), Co-Chair of the Working Group of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the 3rd UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (2001), and Chair of the ASEAN New York Committee (2004–2005).


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