Ambassador Park Soo-gil

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Ambassador Park Soo-gil, prior to his election as President of WFUNA at the 39th Plenary Assembly in August 2009, served as the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador in the Kingdom of Morocco, Canada, to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva and the UN in New York, from 1984 to 1998.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in which he served from 1963 to 1998, Mr. Park has held such positions as Director-General of Treaty Affairs, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs, and Chancellor, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security.

Mr. Park also served as a member of the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, an affiliate body of the former Commission on Human Rights from 1999 to 2003. He is currently teaching at the Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University as a distinguished professor on the subject of international organization and the United Nations.

Mr. Park graduated in 1959 from the Korea University College of Law, and obtained a MIA degree in 1971 from the school of International Affairs and Public Administration, Columbia University. Mr. Park is married with two sons and one daughter. 

Articles written by Ambassador Park

"Boosting the UN from bottom-up, not from top-down", The Korea Herald, 14 September 2009, Republic of Korea
"Bridge Needed between G20 and UN", JoongAng Daily, 20 April 2010, Republic of Korea
"We didn't do so bad at the UN", JoongAng Daily, 19 July 2010, Republic of Korea
"Sights and Sounds of a Colonial Cousin", The Telegraph, 29 November 2011, Kolkata, India
"Power Politics and R2P: Stemming the Violence in Syria", JoongAng Daily, 10 February 2012, Republic of Korea
"Viewpoint: Dashed Hopes - A Kim Jong-un Future," JoongAng Daily, 21 June 2012, Republic of Korea
"Viewpoint: Dashed Hopes - Part 2," JoongAng Daily, 22 June 2012, Republic of Korea
"Balancing deterrence, peacemaking," JoongAng Daily, 09 April 2013, Republic of Korea
"The Sewol - time to move on," JoongAng Daily, 20 June 2014, Republic of Korea 
"Dealing with the neighbors," JoongAng Daily, 05 September 2014, Republic of Korea
"Towards human development," JoongAng Daily, 30 December 2014, Republic of Korea
"Problems of affluence," JoongAng Daily, 18 February 2015, Republic of Korea

Interviews with Ambassador Park

"Interview with WFUNA President Park Soo Gil", EER: External Economic Relations, Special Report 2009, Russia

Statements delivered by Ambassador Park

"Welcome Statement to the 2010 Global Model United Nations Conference", 17 August 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Statement on Japanese Earthquake, March 2011
Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Second Trilateral Students Forum – China, Japan, Korea, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 24 September 2011
2011 End of Year Greeting, 23 December 2011
Closing Address to 40th WFUNA Plenary Assembly, Ibmec University, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10 November 2012
2013 New Year Greeting, 2 January 2013
2015 New Year Greeting, 1 January 2015
Opening Remarks "The United Nations and Civil Society - 70 years working together: How do we make a difference from Geneva?(delivered by H.E. Mr. Chang.Beom Cho, Vice-President of WFUNA)

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