Born 1939 in Germany. Former UN Assistant Secretary General and United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. BA and MA Degrees in History, Demography and Physical Anthropology.
Hans von Sponeck joined the UN Development Program in 1968, and worked in Ghana, Turkey, Botswana, Pakistan and India, before becoming Director of the European Office in Geneva. He has served thirty-two years with the organization, including at the UN HQ in New York. In his last post he succeeded Denis Halliday in charge of UN humanitarian operations in Iraq in October 1998, overseeing roughly 500 international staff and 1,000 Iraqi workers.
He was responsible for directing all UN operations in the country, managing the distribution of goods under the Oil-for-Food program and verifying Iraqi compliance with that program. Hans von Sponeck resigned in February 2000, in protest of the international policy toward Iraq, including sanctions.
von Sponeck has written numerous papers and articles in German and English in professional journals and magazines on subjects such as environment, social change and methodological/conceptual alternatives in development, sanctions and humanitarian exemptions. He is also the author of Human Development - Is There An Alternative?, New Delhi, November 1997.
In 2005 he published a comprehensive review of United Nations sanctions in Iraq. This book has been published in Arabic and German and is about to be published in Spanish and English with the title, Another Kind of War - The Sanctions Regime of the UN in Iraq.
Hans von Sponeck joined TFF as Associate in September 2002 and became member of the Board in August 2006.
Hans von Sponeck
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Articles by Hans-Christof Graf Sponeck
A selection of them, the most recent on top
Hans von Sponeck, September 29, 2010
Hans von Sponeck, February 1, 2010
Hans von Sponeck, February 1, 2010 - New version
Hans von Sponeck, September 15, 2009
Hans von Sponeck in Current Concerns
Hans von Sponeck, November 20, 2008
Hans von Sponeck & Dennis Halliday
Hans von Sponeck, Current Concerns, June 25, 2007
Hans von Sponeck, Voltaire
Net, March 25 2007
Hans-Christoph von Sponeck,
January 26, 2007
Hans von Sponeck and Dennis
Hans von Sponeck, TFF Board,
September 30, 2006
Hans von Sponeck & Dennis Halliday,
February 5, 2006
Hans von Sponeck, December
Hans - C. Graf Sponeck,
November 8, 2005
Hans von Sponeck, September
Hans von Sponeck, TFF
Associate, July 15, 2005
Hans von Sponeck, January
Interview, Mark Tran,
Interview, Bassma Al Jandaly
& Tanya Goudsouzian,
Ex Top UN Official in Iraq Hans Von Sponeck: The Attack Should Come As No Surprise (Democracy Now)
Iraq - Twelve Years of Sanctions: Justified Punishment or Illegal Treatment?
Two examples of misinformation on Iraqi biological weapons production
Not in Our Names - No more economic sanctions
About the United States and Iraq - Listen to von Sponeck himself
Weapons sites defunct and destroyed
Den sanna bilden av Irak - och av USA
Iraq: four questions, four answers
Open Letter to Britain's minister responsible for Iraq
Hvad jeg ville sige til den amerikanske præsident hvis jeg var hans udenrigspolitiske rådgiver
Slut med de økonomiske sanktioner. Det irakiske folk har lidt nok!
Intet retsgrundlag for angreb på Irak
Another America yearns to be heard
Petition for Peace and Economic Development in Iraq
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