Dame Margaret Anstee

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Margaret Anstee "served the United Nations for over four decades (1952-93), rising to the rank of Under-Secretary General in 1987. She worked on operational programmes of economic and social development in all regions of the world, mostly with the United Nations Development Programme. Form 1987-1992 she served as Director General of the United Nations at Vienna, Head of the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs and Coordinator of all UN narcotic drug control programmes. From 1992-3 she was the Secretary General's Special Representative to Angola and Head of the UN peacekeeping mission there. (UNAVEM II - the UN Angola Verification Mission).

"Earlier Dame Margaret had served successively as Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in eight countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. From 1974-87 she occupied senior positions at UN Headquarters in New York, including that of Assistant Administrator of UNDP for Programme Policy and Evaluation (1977-8) and Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Technical Cooperation for Development (1976-87). She was also given major responsibilities in a number of disaster relief operations (Bangladesh 1973, Mexican earthquake 1985, Chernobyl nuclear disaster 1991-2, Kuwait burning oil wells 1991-2) as well as special assignments for the Secretary General to assist countries in dire economic distress (Bolivia 1982-92, Peru 1990-2). In addition, she was involved in the design and implementation of several major reforms of the UN system.

"Since leaving the UN in July 1993, Dame Margaret has been working as an independent Consultant and is also Special Adviser to the President and Government of Bolivia on matters relating to development and international finance. In 1994 she wrote a report for UNCTAD on the technical cooperation needs of developing countries in the wake of the completion of the Uruguay Round and led an Inter-American Development Bank mission to Bolivia on socio-economic reform. She writes and lectures widely on the United Nations, particularly on issues related to development, peacekeeping, and UN reform. Since 1996 she has advised the Secretary General and the UN Department of Political Affairs, on a pro bono publico basis, on operational aspects of post-conflict peace-building. She also chairs the Advisory Board of the Lessons Learned Unit of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and for some years has actively taken part in practical training in peacekeeping techniques for both military and civilian personnel, including simulation exercises, in the UK, Sweden, South America and the United States, South Africa and other African countries. Her book "Orphan of the Cold War: the Inside Story of the Collapse of the Angolan Peace Process 1992-3" was published in the UK and the US in October 1996. A Portuguese translation was published in Portugal in April 1997.

"Dame Margaret was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, of which she is an Honorary Fellow, and at London University. In 1993 she was awarded the Reves Peace Prize by William and Mary College (USA) and has Honorary Doctorates in the UK from the Universities of Essex (1994), Westminster (1996) and London (1998). In the 1994 New Year's Honours List Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. She has also been honoured by the Governments of Austria, Bolivia and Morocco." [1]

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  1. Margaret Joan Anstee, United Nations, accessed February 25, 2008.