Sha Zukang

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Sha Zukang
Sha Zukang in an interview of Beijing Model United Nations 2015, held in China Foreign Affairs University
Sha Zukang in 2015
Under Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
In office
July 2007 – July 2012
Preceded byJosé Antonio Ocampo
Succeeded byWu Hongbo
Personal details
Born (1947-09-24) 24 September 1947 (age 75)
Yixing, Jiangsu, China
OccupationUnited Nations Civil Servant

Sha Zukang (Chinese: 沙祖康; pinyin: Shā Zǔkāng; born 1947) is a Chinese diplomat who was head of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 2007 to 2012. He was previously the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva.[1]

Education and diplomatic career[edit]

A graduate of Nanjing University, Sha started his diplomatic career as a staff member at the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom and served in a variety of positions in the Chinese Diplomatic Service. He established the Department of Arms Control in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as its first Director-General from 1997 to 2001. Earlier, he served as Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs and Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland (1995–1997).[2]

Notable positions[edit]

He has served as the Chairperson of the Government Group of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, President of the Trade and Development Board of the United Nations, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and the Committee of the Whole of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and Coordinator of the Like-Minded-Group of the Human Rights Council.

His latest assignment was as Secretary-General to the Rio Earth Summit, a global conference on sustainable development held in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.[3]


He is noted for being outspoken. In a BBC interview on August 17, 2006,[4] he told the US to "shut up" regarding criticism on arms spending of China, noting that U.S. arms expenditure was half of the world's total. In 2007, Foreign Policy magazine published a satirical commentary purporting to be by Sha, the "UN Secretary for Kicking Butt,"[5] and in 2010 called Sha "China's John Bolton" (the famously blunt U.S. ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush). At an Austrian meeting of UN officials in September 2010, he said to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, "I know you never liked me, Mr. Secretary-General. Well, I never liked you, either" and about Robert Orr, an American UN official, that "I really don't like him." He added that he had come to respect the UN chief and praised Mr. Orr for a speech he had given.[6]


  1. ^ "Sha Zukang". Marquis Who's Who in the World. Marquis Who's Who. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Culture and Celebrities of Wuxi". Wuxi China. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  3. ^ [1] UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service website
  4. ^ [2] BBC interview sound file
  5. ^ [3] The Onion republishes Foreign Policy magazine "commentary" by "Sha"
  6. ^ [4] Foreign Policy

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