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Abdul Minty  31 October 1939 -

Abdul Minty was born on 31 October 1939 in Hartebeesfontein. Minty grew up in Johannesburg before leaving for Britain in June 1958 where he furthered his studies. While he was outside the country he worked for the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa.

Minty was appointed the Honorary Secretary of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) between 1962 and 1995. He played an important role in lobbying the International Olympic Committee in 1963 for the suspension of the South African Olympic Committee from the Olympics. Minty was also an activist on issues related to disarmament between 1979 and 1994 serving as Director of the World Campaign against Military and Nuclear Collaboration with South Africa.

After the fall of apartheid in 1994, Minty was appointed as the Deputy Director-General for Multilateral Affairs in the Department of Foreign Affairs until 2004. He also oversaw South Africa's new membership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Commonwealth. Minty was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of the IAEA in 1995.

Minty served as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 2001 to 2002. In 2006, Minty was elected president of the IAEA's General Conference as the IAEA marked its 50th anniversary. He is currently Ambassador at South Africa’s Mission in Geneva.


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