Under Secretary-General, UN-OHRLLS
"Broadband access holds a great potential for all. With concerted efforts at the highest level and with the participation of all with a multi stakeholder approach, we can bring about transformation in the lives of the people even in the most vulnerable countries. In fact, we can leapfrog into a new era of sustainable development quickly and confront poverty more effectively with the use of new technology, if we can ensure broadband access to all in the vulnerable countries. Investing in broadband capability represents a down payment on a brighter future, and as such it can play a very important catalytic role in directly improving the lives of the people around the world"
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya, of Nepal, to the position of Under Secretary-General for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).
Currently Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Ambassador Acharya has contributed since 2009 as Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Group of Least Developed Countries, to the successful conclusion of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries and the follow-up process. He was also closely involved in the 2010 Millennium Development Goals mid-term review process and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held recently in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Mr. Acharya brings to the position some 29 years’ experience in diplomatic service involving the articulation and promotion of bilateral, regional and global issues. Over the last several years he has been consistently highlighting, advocating for and projecting the interests and concerns of the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.
With a focus on sensitizing the international community to the challenges and opportunities in those countries, he has contributed to mainstreaming the issues of countries in special situations into the global development agenda. He is currently a member of the Bureau of Landlocked Developing Countries and Chair of Peacebuilding Commission’s Working Group on Lessons Learned.
Prior to that, Ambassador Acharya was Foreign Secretary with the Government of Nepal (2007-2009), 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, Ambassador Acharya has stressed in the past that "LDC, LLDC and SIDS issues are livelihood issues requiring urgent global attention and support" and continues to call for the pro-active role and indulgence of all role-players in galvanising international support towards this end.