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U.N. official to speak on Arab Human Development Report, Nov. 26

Rima Khalaf Hunaidi, U.N. assistant secretary-general, will deliver a lecture titled, "Forging a New Social Contract in the Arab World: The Arab Human Development Report 2002," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The event, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs , will be held in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall.

Hunaidi is also the director of the United Nations Development Program's Regional Bureau for Arab States, which has been a driving force behind the Arab Human Development Report 2002. The report, released in July, was prepared by Arab intellectuals from a variety of disciplines, and warns that Arab societies are being crippled by a lack of political freedom, the repression of women and isolation from the world of ideas.

Before her U.N. appointment, Hunaidi served as a senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament from November 1997 to September 2000. Hunaidi has held several high-ranking governmental positions in Jordan, including minister of industry and trade (1993-95), minister of planning (1995-98) and deputy prime minister and minister of planning (1999-2000).

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