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Kuwait: Dashti takes charge of UN Commission

Kuwaiti economist Rola Dashti took over as executive secretary of the Beirut-based United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on 7 February; she is also a UN under-secretary-general. Dashti is a former planning and development minister in Kuwait and was part of a group of four women who became the first to be elected to the National Assembly (parliament) in May 2009. She has also served as minister of state for parliamentary affairs and is currently a member of Kuwait’s Supreme Planning Council.

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