Lê Lương Minh

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Lê Lương Minh
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Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Assumed office
1 January 2013
Preceded by Surin Pitsuwan
Personal details
Born (1952-09-01) 1 September 1952 (age 64)
Thanh Hóa, Vietnam
Political party Communist Party
Alma mater Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Lê Lương Minh (born 1 September 1952)[1][2] is a Vietnamese politician and diplomat and the current Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

He graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1974,[1] and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 1975, he began his career in Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Director-General for International Organisations in 1993. In 1995, he was appointed as Ambassador – Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations in Geneva.[1] In 1997, he was appointed as Ambassador – Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Headquarters. Since February 17, 2004, he has been Vietnam's ambassador to the United Nations in New York City.[2] He held this office from 1995 to 1997 for the UN institutions in Geneva and as a deputy in New York City from 1997 to 1999.[2] He was the President of the United Nations Security Council in July 2008[6] and October 2009.[5][7] He was nominated ASEAN Secretary-General by the government of Vietnam, a post which he took over on January 1, 2013. The ASEAN leaders endorsed him as ASEAN Secretary-General for 2013–2017 in a ceremony at the bloc's headquarter in Jakarta on January 7, 2013.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is a native of Thanh Hóa, a coastal town 150 kilometers south of Vietnam's capital Hanoi. He is married and has two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Surin Pitsuwan
Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
2013–present
Incumbent