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Biography of H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga

Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations

On 29 May 2014, Madam Nguyen Phuong Nga was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations by President Truong Tan Sang. She officially took office on 5 November 2014 having presented her letter of credentials to the UN Secretary-General.


Ambassador Nga served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam from 2011-2014 – the first ever woman to hold this position. Prior to this, she was the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director-General of the Ministry’s Department of Information and Press, having worked at the Department since 1988 and served as its Deputy Director-General since 2003.

Coming to New York is Ambassador Nga’s third posting. She served at the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 1995-1998, and at the Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission of Viet Nam to the European Union in Brussels from 2004-2007.


Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga obtained her Master degree at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) where she studied from 1982-1987, and got high-level management training from Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration. She is a frequent lecturer on international journalism and media management. In addition to her mother tongue – Vietnamese – Ambassador Nga speaks English, French and Russian.


She is married to Mr. Phung Tat Thang, and has two daughters.

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