Dr. Jong-Soo Yoon

Dr. Jong-Soo Yoon


Jong-Soo Yoon

The former head of the UN Office for Sustainable Development,

under the auspices of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.




Dr. Jong-Soo Yoon has been appointed as Head of the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Dr. Yoon is the former Vice-Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea, and an environmental expert in sustainable development. With over 20 years at the Ministry of Environment, he has focused on the establishment and delivery of policies through various projects in planning and budget, personnel management and other major tasks.

Previous roles include Assistant Minister of the Environmental Policy Department, Director General of Water Supply and Sewerage Bureau, Director General of the Waste Circulation Bureau, and Director General of Air and Climate Change Bureau, among many others. Dr. Yoon has also contributed at the international platform on environment as an Environmental Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. He has also played a pivotal role for the successful establishment of the second National Strategy for Sustainable Development (2011-2015).

Dr. Yoon graduated from Seoul National University and is a PhD holder in Environmental Engineering from Seoul University. He was born in August 1958 in Jecheon, Korea. He is married, with two sons.