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Lee to chair UN forum on minority participation

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 10:08 am in Barbara Lee, General, U.S. House.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, has been named chairperson of the second session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues, to be held November 12-13 in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on “Minorities and Effective Political Participation.”

“I am extremely honored to be appointed to this prestigious position and to participate in a formal capacity at the UN Forum on Minority Issues,” Lee said in a news release. “I look forward to working in this capacity to promote dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities around the globe.”

“This Forum represents a unique opportunity engage in discussion on opportunities to increase and strengthen the participation of minorities in the decision-making processes of their governments–a subject of deep personal interest throughout my life and career.”

As the forum’s chair, Lee will lead a global discussion of ways to build greater involvement of minorities in countries around the world in political activities. The forum will bring together over 400 participants, including government delegations, UN officials, political parties and minorities from around the world to produce a set of recommendations that will be made publicly available.

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  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Nice junket for Ms Lee. Hope she brings back cuckoo clocks for welfare recepients so they don’t miss state office hours. And, I can’t wait to read about Ms Lee’s exciting dialogue about minority participation in the public life of China, any Arab state, Cuba, North Korea, etc.

  • Elwood

    Well, THAT will make everything all better, I’m sure!

    The mind boggles.

    I am unable to imagine Barbara Lee making ANYTHING better.

  • Tom Benigno

    Concerned :
    There goes the tail wagging the dog again. Bow wow.