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March 9, 2004
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Dr. Percy Mangoaela is the keynote speaker for the 2004 Undergraduate Symposium

Former U.N. Ambassador to highlight annual research symposium

Dr. Percy MangoaelaThe College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce Dr. Percy Mangoaela, Lesotho's ambassador to the United Nations from 1995 to 2001, as the luncheon speaker for Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Symposium XXIV, March 26, 2004.

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Ambassador Mangoaela's distinguished diplomatic career at the United Nations includes service as the vice president of both the General Assembly and of the Economic and Social Council from 1998 to 1999. Additionally he is credited with successfully leading negotiations that ended in the adoption of an Agenda for Development in 1996, as well as noted service on the Working Group of the Economic and Social Council on Informatics, and on the Committee for the United Nations Population Award.

Dr. Mangoaela has long served the country of Lesotho, located in southern Africa, in various capacities. His extensive role in foreign affairs also includes 10 years with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as deputy coordinator for the United Nations Transport and Communications Decade for Africa, as well as director of the Southern African Transport and Communications Commission for three years. He has also worked in Lesotho's governmental ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Transport and Communications, and Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs, with appointments as principal secretary in the last two ministries.

He received bachelor of science and bachelor of education degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1966, and the bachelor of laws degree from Dalhousie University School of Law in Halifax in 1973.

In 1999, the Memorial University of Newfoundland awarded Mangoaela a doctor of laws degree (honoris causa) in recognition of his contribution to his country's public service. A Distinguished Achievement Award by the World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows (WAFUNIF) for his outstanding service to the United Nations as a diplomat was presented to him in 2001.

Today, Mangoaela has retired from diplomatic service to the United Nations and has returned to his home in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lesotho Telecommunications Authority (LTA).

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