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Steiner, Ismat

Ismat Steiner (Tanzania) Diplomat, International Civil servant Mr. Ismat Steiner was one of the first United Nations Representatives to arrive in Namibia during its transition to independence. He served as the head of the UN's office in the Otjiwarongo region. Prior to Mr. Steiner's posting in Namibia, he worked in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs (DPA) [...]

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Goulding, Marrack

(United Kingdom, 1936 – 2010) Diplomat, International Civil Servant From 1986 to 1993 Sir Marrack Goulding served as Under Secretary General for Special Political Affairs, overseeing the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations. During this time, under Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sir Marrack presided over the creation of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Then, in March of 1993 he was reassigned to [...]

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Tjitendero, Mose Penaani

(Namibia, 1943 – 2006) Politician, Educator As one of the lead activists for Namibian Independence, Dr. Mose Penaani Tjitendero became a member of the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) Central Committee in 1981. When Namibia won independence on 21 March 1990, he became the Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia and held that position until his [...]

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Pettersen, Helmer

(Norway) Police Officer Norwegian police officer Helmer Pettersen was recruited as a candidate for the Police Academy in 1966 and left the Police Academy in 1969. He started to become involved with the United Nations in 1983, when he went to South Lebanon as a United Nations peacekeeper. Subsequently, Mr. Pettersen spent two and a half [...]

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Martineau, Raymonde

(Canada) International Civil Servant, Educator Raymonde Martineau started service in the United Nations as a representative in Geneva for the International Movement for Fraternal Union Among Races and Peoples (UFER) in 1973. She stayed at that position until 1975, and in 1976, became the Liaison Officer in charge of relations with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and [...]

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Lush, David

(United Kingdom) Journalist, Author A noted and acclaimed freelance journalist, David Lush joined as a volunteer for The Namibian newspaper in 1988. At the time, The Namibian was the only media organization within Namibia to take a pro-independence stance and covered the independence process as it unfolded. Still a contributor to that newspaper at the [...]

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Legwaila, Legwaila Joseph

(Botswana, 1937 – ) Diplomat After working as a school teacher in Botswana, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila started his diplomatic career by working in the Botswana presidency. In 1980, he was appointed as Botswana's Ambassador to the United Nations. Thereafter, he was the Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly for three sessions, 1981, 1987 and [...]

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Katjiuongua, Moses Ngesuako

(Namibia, 1942-2011) Politician Moses Ngesuako Katjiuongua, founding member of the South West Africa National Union (SWANU), first joined the political party in 1961, after he went into exile in 1959. He returned to Namibia in 1982 and was elected as SWANU President that same year. In 1983, Mr. Katjiuongua was the leader of the SWANU delegation [...]

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Dieye, Hawa Binta

(Senegal) International Civil Servant Ms. Hawa Binta Dieye was working as a researcher in the Department for Economic and Social Affairs before she volunteered for the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) in Namibia. Excited at the prospect of helping the country reach independence, Ms. Dieye served as head of the United Nations district center in Katutura, [...]

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Stephanides, Joseph

(Greece, 1945 – ) Diplomat, International Civil Servant Joseph J. Stephanides served on several diplomatic positions with the Cypriot Foreign Service, including that of Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, before he joined the United Nations in 1980. He served with the Secretariat for 28 years before retiring in October 2009. Among the positions he held [...]

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