Asoke Kumar Mukerji

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Asoke Kumar Mukerji, Former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

Ambassador Asoke Mukerji served in the Indian Foreign Service for more 37 years, before retiring from New York as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in December 2015. He is currently Chair of a Study Group under India’s National Security Council Secretariat mandated to examine cyber norms for India.

He has been involved with cyber issues from the late 1990s, when he was a trade negotiator for India in the World Trade Organization’s Telecom and Information Technology Agreement negotiations. Subsequently, he represented India at the senior official level at the 2010 London Conference on Cyberspace, and headed India’s multi-agency delegations for international cooperation on cyber issues with the United States, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Japan and the European Union between 2011-2012.

As India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, he was actively involved in issues relating to the use of information and communications technology during the negotiations between 2013-2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030, advocating greater focus on cyber technology for accelerating development and empowerment of populations, especially women. He supervised India’s participation in the first Review of the United Nations’ Tunis Agenda held at the UN General Assembly in December 2015.

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