According to Pakistani Media, Pakistan’s renowned diplomat and former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Ahmad Kamal passed away in New York on Thursday. He was 85.
“We announce with deep sadness the passing of Ambassador Ahmad Kamal, an eminent diplomat of Pakistan who served as Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York and Geneva,” said a statement issued by the country’s UN Mission in New York.
He leaves behind his wife Asma, son Omar, daughter Ayesha, and grandson Zain.
During his 40-year-long career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Ambassador Kamal held diplomatic postings in India, Belgium, France, the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of Korea and had a decade-long assignment as a Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York and Geneva.
At the UN, Ambassador Kamal was elected to many high posts, notably as Vice President of the General Assembly, President of the Economic and Social Council, Chairman of the Consultations on the Role of NGOs at the United Nations, Chairman of the Working Group on Informatics, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research, and a member of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.
Ambassador Kamal served as a special advisor to the UN Secretary-General from 2011 to 2016. He was a Senior Fellow of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research and responsible for the training of diplomats posted to the United Nations. He was the Founding President and CEO of The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations and also served as a Board Member of the International Association of Permanent Representatives.
Throughout his distinguished career, Ambassador Kamal was widely recognized for his exceptional diplomatic skills and his tireless efforts in bridging cultural divides.
He was the author of several important publications, on disarmament, management, multilateralism, global economic issues, and the technical aspects of informatics and information technology. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor at several universities in the United States. He received numerous honors in Pakistan and several other countries.
Ambassador Kamal received several awards for his remarkable diplomatic service, including the Tamgha-i-Pakistan (Pakistan Medal) by the Government of Pakistan in 1971 and the Gwanghwa Medal, (Order of Diplomatic Service Merit) by the Government of the Republic of Korea in 1987.