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Nadia Younes

1946 – 2003

Nadia Younes

WHO mourns the loss of one of its most respected, effective and charismatic officials.

Nadia Younes was serving as Chief of Staff for Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations Special Representative in Baghdad. She was seconded from WHO for this position in May 2003.

Prior to her appointment in Iraq, Nadia worked as WHO’s Executive Director in charge of External Relations and Governing Bodies from August 2002. Her position included responsibility for relations with WHO’s Member States, resource mobilization, and WHO’s governing bodies, the Executive Board and the World Health Assembly.

Nadia worked as United Nations Chief of Protocol from 1998. From July 1999 to January 2001, she worked in the field mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) where she was in charge of the information and communication office in the Cabinet of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Bernard Kouchner. Following her assignment in Kosovo, Nadia returned to New York and resumed her functions as Chief of Protocol.

Nadia joined the United Nations secretariat in 1970 in the Office of General Services. From 1974, she worked with the Department of Public Information in various capacities, initially as a press officer in both the English and French Sections. Later assignments included Information Officer for the World Conference of the Decade for Women; Information Office, Planning, Programme and Evaluation Unit; and Spokeswoman for the President of the Forty-Second Session of the General Assembly.

Nadia served as Deputy Spokeswoman for the Secretary-General from March 1988 until January 1993, when she was appointed Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Rome. She subsequently moved back to New York to assume the post of Director of the Media Division in the Department of Public Information.

Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1946, Nadia held a Master of Arts degree in political sciences and international relations from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Cairo University.