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Syria's Soliman named U.N. goodwill envoy

18 December 1998
Author: UNFPA

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian actor and director Jamal Soliman has joined a growing list of world celebraties to win a job at the United Nations -- as a goodwill ambassador.

Soliman, who is highly regarded in the Arab world where he has won acclaim for his television drama series, joins the likes of American actress Jane Fonda and Britain's Geri Halliwell, formerly with British pop group the Spice Girls, promoting the U.N. Population FUND (UNFPA).

He was awarded the job at a ceremony on Thursday attended by Syrian Culture Minister Najah al-Attar and the UNFPA representative in Damascus, Mostapha Benzine.

Other celebrities working for the UNFPA include Japanase actress and writer Keiko Kishi, Indian actress Manisha Koirala, Egyptian actress Safia el-Emary and CNN founder Ted Turner.

Syrian Arab Republic
Population : 18.6 mil
Fertility rate
2.8
Maternal Mortality Ratio
68
Contraceptives prevalence rate
58
Population aged 10-24
33%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 47%
Girls 46%