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Born in 1946, Rudolf Joó earned a B.A. in International Relations from Budapest University of Economics (1969), a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1985), a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University (1991) and a Doctorate in Defence Studies from Budapest National Defence University (1999).
Joó held several academic posts, including Research Fellow at the Hungarian Institute for International Relations then Senior Fellow at the Budapest Institute for Central European Studies (1970-1980), Lecturer (1977-1988) in the Faculty of Law at Eötvös University, Budapest, Visiting Professor (1989-1990) of Political Science at University of Lyon "Lumières", Visiting Fellow (1994) at the Western European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and Professor (1995-1997) of Political Science and Democratic Defence Management at George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
From 1991 to 1994, Joó served the Hungarian Government as Undersecretary of Defence. Appointed Deputy State Secretary for Multilateral Relations in the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, he was actively involved in the design and implementation of Hungarian initiatives within the framework of joint programmes launched by the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe, relating to human rights, good governance, free media and gender equality issues. In 1999 he was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Joó was a member of the Hungarian Delegation to the sessions of the UN General Assembly in 1998 and 1999. He was head of the Hungarian Delegation at the UNESCO General Conference in 1999; he also led his delegation at the OSCE-Mediterranean partners conference on the "Human Dimension of Cooperation" held in Amman, Jordan, in December 1999. As an active researcher, Joó notably co-directed a joint Hungarian-Slovenian research programme on minorities living in Hungary and Slovenia. He was also involved in a multinational assessment mission to West and Central Africa to assist democratic institution-building in civil-military relations. He collaborated with several international non-governmental organizations, think tanks and foundations concerned with peace, democracy and human rights. He was a member of the International Jury for the Robert Schuman Prize, the Hungarian National Committee "Justitia et Pax", the Comité Directeur du Centre international de Formation européenne and the Senior Advisory Council of George C. Marshall Centre for Security Studies. He published a number of books and journal articles on problems of multiculturalism and inter-ethnic coexistence, issues of international security and democratic defence management, including Hungary: a member of NATO (1999) and Report on the situation of the Hungarian minority in Rumania (1988).
Joó joined UNESCO on 2 April 2001 as the Director Division for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance in the Social and Human Sciences Sector. He died on 28 January 2002.
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- Director, Division for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance, Social and Human Sciences Sector, 2001-2002
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- UNESCO. (2004). Social and Human Sciences Sector Division of Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance (SHS/HRS). 8 February 2002. DG/Note/02/04. UNESCO Archives, Archive Group 6: Secretariat Documents.
- UNESCO. (2001). Director (D-1), Division for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance (SHS). 22 February 2001. DG/Note/01/02. UNESCO Archives, Archive Group 6: Secretariat Documents.
- UNESCO. (2000). Dialogue entre les civilisations site Web. Accessed online 30/02/2012: http://www.unesco.org/dialogue/fr/regardcv1.htm