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Hans-Christof von Sponeck

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Hans-Christof Graf von Sponeck (born 1939) is a German diplomat. He served as a UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. Life Hans-Christof von Sponeck was born in Bremen, Germany. His father, Hans Graf von Sponeck, was a general of the Wehrmacht in World War II and was executed on 23 July 1944 in the aftermath of the 20 July plot. In 1957, Sponeck was one of the first conscientious objectors in the Federal Republic of Germany. Sponeck studied history, demography, and physical anthropology in Germany and the United States and joined the UN Development Program in 1968, working in Pakistan and elsewhere. In 1988, he was admitted to the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg), the Protestant chivalric order to which his father, too, had belonged. After Denis Halliday resigned as UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq in October 1998, Sponeck took over, heading all UN operations in Iraq and managing the Iraqi operations of the Oil-for-Foo
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