Former Deputy High Commissioner
Kyung-wha Kang has been Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights since 15 September 2006. Her appointment is at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.
Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Kang, a national of the Republic of Korea, was Ambassador for Multilateral Affairs and Director-General of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic. She also served at the Republic of Korea Mission to the United Nations in New York and chaired the Commission on the Status of Women for its 48th and 49th sessions in 2004 and 2005.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1998, Ms. Kang worked for the National Parliament of the Republic of Korea, assisting the Speaker of the National Assembly in the fields of human rights, women's advancement and parliamentary diplomacy. She also worked with a number of women’s organizations in Korea, including the Korean National Council of Women, which gave her the “2006 Women of the Year” Award, the Korean Association of University Women and the Korean Institute of Women and Politics. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Korean Broadcasting System, producing current affairs and cultural programmes for the Radio Korea International and later as English news writer/caster for bi-lingual television news. She lectured and researched in universities in Korea and the United States.
Ms. Kang graduated from Yonsei University where she completed a BA in political sciences and diplomacy. She obtained an M.A. in mass communication and a Ph.D. defending a doctoral thesis on intercultural communication, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the United States.
Ms. Kang was born on 7 April 1955 in Seoul, Korea. She is married to Yillbyung Lee. They have two daughters and one son.
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