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Source: European Commission
6 April 2005

Commission commends UNDP on latest Arab Human Development report
 5th April 2005

The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, today congratulated the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on its 2004 Arab Human Development report, Towards Freedom in the Arab World. The report, written by Arab authors for an Arab audience, highlights a lack of individual and civil liberties.

Speaking to Arab Foreign Ministers at the EU-GCC meeting in Bahrain, the Commissioner said :

"I fully endorse the findings of this report. Supporting Arab countries' own reforms, particularly in promoting freedom of thought, expression and association, is a key priority for the EU in the region. I intend to work closely with the UNDP and with Arab partners towards these goals."

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