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Position: Under-Secretary-General of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Organization: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Date of Birth: 22 December 1955

Age: 65 years old

Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Profession: Under-Secretary-General



Liu Zhenmin was appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs effective 26 July 2017. Previously he had served as Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of China after a thirty year career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.

Education and early career

Liu holds a Master of Laws from the Law School of Peking University.


Mr. Liu started his career at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1982. Since then, he has served the Ministry in various capacities, including as:

  • Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs (2009-2011); 
  • Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (2006-2009); 
  • Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law (2003-2006); 
  • Deputy Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law (1998-2003). 

He also served in the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland (1992-1995) and in the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (1984-1988).

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