Biography – Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya

Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary General and High Representative, UNOHRLLS

Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary General and High Representative, UNOHRLLS

Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya, a national of Nepal, was appointed to the position of UN Under- Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on 5 September 2012 until 31 March 2017.

Mr. Acharya had the responsibility of monitoring and following the implementation of the dedicated programs of action, IPOA for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), VPOA for the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and SAMOA Pathway for the Small Island Developing States (LLDCs). He was called on to analyse and advocate for the issues and concerns of these vulnerable countries and ensure their integration into and coherence with global processes, including those related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post- 2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations. He also coordinated the advocacy work related to the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS in forums and platforms outside the United Nations.

Mr. Acharya was a member of the United Nations Senior Management Group and the High-Level Task Force for Global Food Security as well as a Commissioner of the high-level Broadband Commission for Sustainable Digital Development. He is also served on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, co-chaired by the UN Secretary General and the President of the World Bank.

In November 2014 Mr. Acharya served as the Secretary General of the Third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries held in Vienna, Austria.

Mr. Acharya has three decades of experience in the diplomatic service of Nepal, during which he was involved in the articulation and promotion of bilateral, regional and global issues. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Acharya was Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations in New York (2009-12), during which he chaired the LDC Global Coordination Bureau for over two years and was a member of the LLDC Global Bureau.

He was Foreign Secretary with the Government of Nepal (2007-2009), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva (2003-2007), Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry (1999-2002) and Joint Secretary (Director-General) responsible for South Asia, Europe and the Americas and Regional Organizations, Economic Relations and Coordination Divisions (1998-2003).

A strong advocate of the issues affecting LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, Mr. Acharya stressed that “LDC, LLDC and SIDS issues are livelihood issues of interest and concern to all, and as such they need urgent global attention and support to complement their national efforts”. He called for a pro-active role of all the stakeholders in galvanising international support in a spirit of global partnership and solidarity to make best use of the immense potentials that exist in these countries.