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Oral history interview with Stéphane Hessel, 2000

Creator: Hessel, Stéphane
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 84 pages Sound recording: 3 digital audio tapes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

United Nations Ambassador

Scope and Contents

Background and childhood: born in Germany, raised in France and London, soldier for French army, age 22, childhood interest in human rights, international relations, philosophy; education: Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, London School of Economics; career: Head of Technical Assistance Service in France, 1957-59, UNDP Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation, 1970-2, Ministry for Cooperation, 1974-5, French Permanent Representative in Geneva, 1976-81, UN Commission on Human Rights, 1990-2, French Representative to 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Member of Independent Working Group on the Future of the UN, 1994-5, Member of High Council for International Cooperation, 2000; writings: "Danse avec le siécle; recollections of Spanish War, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War


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Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2000

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