Press Releases

    20 June 2002


    VIENNA, 20 June (UN Information Service) -- The President of the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations, Dr. Han Seung-soo will visit the United Nations Office at Vienna on 21 June. The General Assembly President will also make a presentation to the inaugural meeting of the Vienna Global Agenda Forum on 24 June.

    Dr. Han will have a short guided tour of the Vienna International Centre before meeting the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Antonio Maria Costa.

    Dr. Han will address the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of a Convention against Corruption which is currently holding its second session in Vienna.

    Dr. Han will be accompanied by Ambassador Ban Ki-moon, Chief of Cabinet of the President of the General Assembly, and Mr. Yeon Sang-mo, Counsellor of the Korean Mission.

    On Monday 24 June, Dr. Han will speak at the inaugural Vienna Global Agenda Forum on "The United Nations, its Agenda for the New Era" at the Austrian Economic Chamber. The Austrian Government has initiated the Vienna Global Agenda Forum as a platform for the United Nations in Vienna to discuss international political, economic, social and cultural issues with senior UN officials and other prominent personalities.

    His Excellency Dr. Han Seung-soo is a Member of the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly to which he was first elected in 1988. Dr. Han has served in many areas of public life including, most recently, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from March 2001 to February 2002. Dr. Han played the leading role in furthering his government’s policy of peace and reconciliation ("sunshine policy") on the Korean Peninsula. He also contributed to addressing the challenge of international terrorism in various ways such as participating in the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan held in January 2002. Dr. Han is married and has two children.

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