Alex Quaison-Sackey

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Alex Quaison-Sackey (born August 9, 1924 in Winneba , † December 28, 1992 in Accra ) was a Ghanaian politician and diplomat . In 1964 he was the President of the 19th UN General Assembly in New York and from 1965 to 1966 Foreign Minister of Ghana.


Quaison-Sackey was born in 1924 in what was then the British colony of Gold Coast . After his school and college education in Achimota and Cape Coast , he participated in 1948 as chairman of a political youth organization in his hometown in the Ghanaian struggle for independence and then went to England to continue his academic training at Exeter College in Oxford . He completed his studies in philosophy, politics and economics in 1952.

Quaison-Sackey returned to Ghana and held various government posts both before Ghana's independence in 1957 and afterwards and took part in several international conferences; u. a. he was a member of the first Ghanaian delegation to the GATT conference in Geneva . In 1959 he was delegated to the UN General Assembly as extraordinary general plenipotentiary and permanent representative of his country. From 1961 he was Ghanaian ambassador to Cuba , from 1962 to 1964 to Mexico .

In 1964, Quaison-Sackey led his country's delegation to the Geneva UN Conference on Trade and Development and chaired the African, Asian and Latin American countries' coordination committee at the conference for a week.

When Ghana was a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council , he chaired it in June 1962 and July 1963. He headed the Ghanaian delegation during several UN General Assemblies and in 1964 he was the first black African to be appointed President of the General Assembly.

Quaison-Sackey was married and had five children.

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