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Nepalese diplomat named new UN envoy for least developed countries

08-15-2012 06:22 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of a veteran Nepalese diplomat as the UN under-secretary-general and high representative for the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states.

Gyan Chandra Acharya, the current permanent representative of Nepal to the United Nations, has been appointed to the position, said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey at a daily news briefing.

"Mr. Acharya will replace Cheick Sidi Diarra, to whom the secretary-general is grateful for his dedicated service and achievements," del Buey said.

Diarra, who is from Mali, was appointed by the secretary- general in January 2008.

Acharya was the foreign secretary of Nepal from March 2007 to November 2009. Before that, he held the post of Nepal's permanent representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, serving concurrently as ambassador to Switzerland from February 2003 to February 2007.

Born on Nov. 20, 1960 in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, Acharya is married with two children.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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