Secretary General, Amb.
Yong-il Rhee was appointed Secretary-General of the World Administrative Cities Association by the Executive Board of the association in November 2019.
Prior to joining Sejong City, Amb. Rhee was, between 2016 and 2019, the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of South Korea to Côte d'Ivoire (including Burkina Faso and Niger as the non-resident).
Amb. Rhee, as a career diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, has devoted himself to the promotion of international cooperation through multilateral diplomacy as well as, particularly, as a lawyer cum diplomat, contributed to development of the key international legal regimes i.e. the law of the sea, non-proliferation of WMD, international penal law including anti-corruption, international trade law, human rights and international humanitarian law, the law of treaties, international environment, development cooperation, etc. With around 28 years of experience in diplomacy, He held various positions at the Ministrty of Foreign Affairs of South Korea and its foreign posts. He was Director for the Division of multilateral treaties of the ministry, and he served in Canada, Thailand, Romania, and Austria.
Amb. Rhee believes that interurban cooperation will be able to add value to national diplomacy, and, as the case may be, to bring in more direct and effective achievement. In this respect, the WACA, just begun, is so much expected to play a key role in serving as a bridging mechanism for cooperation amongst administrative cities and capitals from all over the world as they respectively represent each country’s state of the art of urban policy & planning, and sustainable development.
Amb. Rhee’s educational background includes a BA and a MA degree from Seoul National University with specialisation in international law.
Senior Coordinator officer
Ms. Mi-kyoung, Lee
Ms. Eun-hye, Kim