A Chinese national, Wei Liu joined the United Nations in 2005. He has mainly worked in the area of statistics and development policy and contributed to various United Nations publications with a particular focus on poverty eradication and development (e.g. Millennium Development Goals, food security and sustainable agriculture, agricultural productivity, rural and urban health disparities, disability, key economic trends, informal finance and social capital). Recently, he has focused on trade finance and aid in the context of the current global financial crisis. He is also extensively involved in the United Nations Development Account Project promoting single window and paperless trade initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.Before that, Mr. Liu worked as Assistant Lecturer in Economics and Statistics and Research Fellow and Assistant to Professor Jayasri Dutta at the University of Birmingham, UK. Mr. Liu holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master of Science in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham. He attained a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics from the Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management, China.