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UN chooses Karman to join development committee

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Tawakul Karman with Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

By: NY Staff

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has chosen Yemeni activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakul Karman to join 25 other members in a committee to draft goals for sustainable development.

According to the UN website, the committee will be headed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Other member will include the Queen of Jordan, a former president of Germany, the Japanese Prime Minister, Nelson Mandela’s wife, the South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister, the Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister, and other international figures.

“I am glad to announce the names of the committee members, who include 26 prominent men and women from countries all over the world who are known to be well-qualified figures,” stated Ki-Moon.

The committee will have it first meeting at the end of September and will propose its recommendations in the first half of 2013.