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Sha Zukang (September 24, 1947 – ) was born in Shanghai; his family relocated to Yixing, in neighboring Jiangsu Province, in the 1950s. In his 37 years of diplomatic service, Mr. Sha Zukang’s portfolios have covered a range of fields including economic and social affairs, human rights and humanitarian affairs, politics, and security.
Mr. Sha Zukang officially assumed the office of the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on July 1, 2007. Prior to assuming his present position at the UN, Sha, 60, held the position of Permanent Representative and Ambassador, Permanent Mission of China to the UN Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland.
Mr. Sha Zukang established the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and became its first Director-General. In connection with China's implementation of arms control and human rights treaties, he took charge on many occasions of the coordination between government agencies, military, and civil society in preparing and submitting the implementation reports. He facilitated the on-site inspections by experts and visits by UN working groups, encouraged the development of Chinese non-governmental organizations, and promoted the opening of offices in China by international organizations.