Who was Ralph Bunche?
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Ralph Bunche was a prominent international civil servant. After serving in the United States government, he became involved in the early history of the UN and held several high-level positions under the first three Secretaries-General.

He participated in the San Francisco Conference, served on the Preparatory Commission for the UN, and worked as Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations from 1946-1971. 

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his work as mediator in the Middle East.

He served in several roles in the UN and is especially known for his work in the following areas:

  • Middle East Armistice, 1948-1949
  • Suez crisis and the establishment of UNEF, 1956
  • Congo, 1960
  • Trusteeship, 1945-1971

His papers are held by UCLA and the UN Archives. Many books and articles have explored his work and legacy.


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