12 September 2006

Biographical Note

Madhu Raman Acharya of Nepal Chairman of Fourth Committee

NEW YORK, 12 September (UN Headquarters) -- The Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Madhu Raman Acharya, was elected Chairman of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) for the sixty-first session of the General Assembly on 8 June.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Acharya was his country's Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2005 and, before that, he served as Ambassador to Bangladesh (1998-2001).  In 1997-1998, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, India, and, in 1996-1997, served as Joint Secretary in Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  During the 1990s, he participated in United Nations missions in Cambodia, South Africa and Liberia.

Mr. Acharya began his distinguished career in 1982 as Assistant Lecturer at his alma mater -- Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.  In 1983, he was appointed a Section Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, where he remained until 1990.  He joined the Ministry of Finance in 1990 as Assistant Secretary, and from 1993 to 1996 he was Under-Secretary of Finance.

He holds several degrees from Tribhuvan University and is the author of several books and publications.

Born on 24 February 1957 in Udayapur, Nepal, he is married with two children.

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*  This supersedes Press Release BIO/3687 of 8 September 2005.