Tommy Koh (front row, seated second from right) chairs the Main Committee at the UN Conference on Environment and Development, popularly known as the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 1992.
Tommy Koh

Tommy Koh is Ambassador-At-Large at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore. He has previously served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador to the U.S., High Commissioner to Canada, and Ambassador to Mexico. He was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. He was also the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio Earth Summit). He was Singapore’s Chief Negotiator for the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and he has chaired two dispute panels for the WTO.