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Dame Margaret Joan Anstee

(1926-2016), Diplomat and writer; Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Dame Margaret Anstee served the UN for over four decades, rising to the rank of under-secretary-general in 1987. She was director-general of the UN Office in Vienna (1987-92), head of the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, and coordinator of UN narcotic drug control. In 1992-93, she was the Secretary-General's special representative to Angola, the first woman to head a UN peacekeeping mission. Lady Anstee was born in the UK and educated at Cambridge and London Universities. Her extensive writings on UN peace operations, reform, and economic and social development include Orphan of the Cold War and her autobiography Never Learn to Type: A Woman at the United Nations.

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