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Director, Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme

As Director of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC), Mr. Yiping Zhou of China is responsible for the promotion and coordination of South-South cooperation in the global South and on a United Nations system-wide basis. Mr. Zhou is also the Editor-in-Chief of Cooperation South—one of UNDP’s signature development journals.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Zhou served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Adviser of the Special Unit for SSC from April 1997 to October 2004; Regional Programme Officer of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific from April 1992 to March 1997; and Project Management Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) from November 1985 to April 1992.

Prior to joining the UN system, Mr. Zhou worked as Policy Officer in the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of the Government of the People’s Republic of China from January 1980 to October 1984. He also served as a distinguished diplomat in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations from November 1984 to October 1985.