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March 24, 2004
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Former U.N. Ambassador Mangoaela to address EMU Undergraduate Symposium

YPSILANTI - Percy Mangoaela, Lesotho's former ambassador to the United Nations, will be the luncheon speaker for Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Symposium, Friday,

March 26, 1 p.m. in the McKenny Union Ballroom. The luncheon is by invitation only.

Mangoaela will address the importance of international research and volunteerism, student community involvement, and the worldwide need for food and health care. He also will discuss the evolving role of the United Nations.

Mangoaela has served as vice president of both the general assembly and the economic and social council for the U.N. He is credited with successfully leading negotiations that ended in the adoption of the Agenda for Development in 1996 that listed priority issues facing Africa and actions to promote growth and development in the nation.  

He also served on the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and was director of the Southern African Transport and Communications Commission.

Mangoaela has bachelor's degrees in science and education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a bachelor's degree from Dalhousie University School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Memorial University of Newfoundland also awarded Mangoaela an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his contribution to his country's public service.

In 2001, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows for his outstanding service to the United Nations as a diplomat.

Mangoaela currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Lesotho Telecommunications Authority.


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