SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS KIERAN PRENDERGAST OF UNITED KINGDOM AS USG FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS19980814 Biographical Note Kieran Prendergast was appointed Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, effective 1 March 1997.
From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Prendergast served as his country's Ambassador to Turkey. From 1992 to 1995, he served as High Commissioner to Kenya, and from 1989 to 1992 as High Commissioner to Zimbabwe.
From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Prendergast was Counsellor, Head of Chancery and Consul-General in Tel Aviv. Mr. Prendergast was posted to the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations from 1979 to 1982.
Subsequent to working at the British Embassy in Ankara for two years, Mr. Prendergast was posted to London in 1967, to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Department at the Foreign Office. In 1969, he was posted to Nicosia, Cyprus, where he was Second Secretary until 1972. He then returned to London as First Secretary and desk officer for Greece. In 1973, he was posted to The Hague as First Secretary. From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Prendergast returned to London as Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Born in July 1942 in Campbeltown, Scotland, Mr. Prendergast was educated in Australia at St. Patrick's College, Strathfield, Sydney, and in England at Salesian College, Chertsey and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. Fluent in French and Turkish, he has lived in nine countries and has visited many others.
Mr. Prendergast is married and has two daughters and two sons.
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