Yiping Zhou

Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation


United States
Chinese, English

Mr. Yiping Zhou was appointed  as the United Nations Secretary-General's  Envoy on South-South Cooperation in May 2014.

Since December 2014, Mr. Zhou has been Director of the United Nations Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC), leading the promotion and coordination of South-South cooperation in the global South and on a United Nations system-wide basis. Mr. Zhou is also the Editor-in-Chief ofCooperation South – one of UNDP’s signature development journals.

Prior to that, Mr. Zhou served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Adviser of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation from April 1997 to October 2004 and as Regional Programme Officer of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific from April 1992 to March 1997. He was Project Management Officer at the Office for Project Services from November 1985 to April 1992.

Prior to joining the UN system, Mr. Zhou worked as Policy Officer in the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of the Government of the People’s Republic of China from January 1980 to October 1984. He also served as a distinguished diplomat in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations from November 1984 to October 1985.

Mr. Zhou, an economist, graduated from Fudan University of Shanghai. He subsequently pursued further applied academic research and studies at the Canberra College of Advanced Education in Australia.

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