1 August 2007
Secretary-General
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Biographical Note


SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS HÉDI ANNABI OF TUNISIA SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE,


HEAD OF UNITED NATIONS STABILIZATION MISSION IN HAITI


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Hédi Annabi of Tunisia as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).  Mr. Annabi will succeed Edmond Mulet of Guatemala in September 2007.


Mr. Annabi currently serves as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, a post he has held since January 1997.


He joined the United Nations in 1981, and served as Principal Officer in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in South-East Asia.  He was subsequently appointed Director of that Office.


Between 1982 and 1991, he was closely associated with the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Special Representative to contribute to a comprehensive political settlement of the Cambodian problem.  Following the conclusion of the Paris Agreements on Cambodia in October 1991, he was actively involved in preparations for the establishment and deployment of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), where he served in 1992.


Mr. Annabi subsequently joined the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and served as Director of the Africa Division from 1993 to 1996.  He was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the Department’s Office of Operations in June 1996.


Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Annabi was a member of Tunisia’s Foreign Service, where he served as Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister before being appointed, in 1979, as Chairman and General Manager of the National News Agency (Agence Tunis-Afrique-Presse).


Mr. Annabi holds degrees in English language and literature, political science and international relations from the University of Tunis, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.  He is married to Mrs. Danièle Annabi.


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