Arab human security and development subject of Alsoswa talk, April 15
Amat Alsoswa, Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will present “Human Security and Human Development in the Arab Region: the next AHDR (Arab Human Development Reports) series,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.
Amat Al Alim Alsoswa became Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of its Regional Bureau for Arab States on March 1, 2006. She oversees the work of more than 500 UNDP staff working in 17 country offices in the Arab region, with an additional office located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In addition, she supervises a comprehensive regional programme conceptualized around achieving the Millennium Development Goals, promoting democratic governance and building a knowledge society.
Prior to joining the UNDP, Alsoswa served as Minister of Human Rights in Yemen. During her tenure, she established and oversaw Yemen’s first Human Rights Ministry, initiated the country’s first national human rights report, and established a public human rights resource center.
Alsoswa also served as Yemen’s ambassador to Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, where she was Yemen’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague. From 1997 to 1999, she was Undersecretary at Yemen’s Ministry of Information and Chairperson of the National Women’s Committee. Alsoswa also led the Yemeni Women’s Union before Yemen’s reunification.
She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Officier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur (France) and the Medal of the Egyptian Committee for Afro Asian Solidarity (Egypt).
Alsoswa holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Cairo University and an M.A. in International Communications from the American University in Washington, D.C.
This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Gender and Policy Network. It is free and open to the public.