"Korea and Its Role in Its Region and in the World"

Speaker Young-Jin Choi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the U.N.

Teaneck, NJ (October 24, 2005)—Young-Jin Choi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, will speak on “Korea and Its Role in Its Region and in the World” at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus on Wednesday, November 16, 2005.

Before assuming his current post in June of 2005, Ambassador Choi was the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also held such prestigious positions as Chancellor of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security; Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia; Permanent Representative to all international organizations in Vienna, Austria; Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations, where he was responsible for foreign policy planning, North Korean Affairs, the United Nations system, disarmament and non-proliferation, democracy and human rights; and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations.

Ambassador Choi received his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the Department of International Relations from Yonsei University. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from the University of Paris. This spring, he was a resident diplomat scholar at the Fletcher School of Law at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. The ambassador is fluent in both English and French and knows 3,000 characters in Chinese.

Ambassador Choi’s lecture, followed by an audience question-and-answer period, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Robinson Hall Annex 100, at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the United Nations Lecture Series at FDU, presented by the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations and co-sponsored by The Record and HeraldNews. For additional information, call 201-692-7360 or e-mail suhonjic@fdu.edu.

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