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Hédi Annabi (4 September 1944 –
reported missing on 12 January 2010) is a Tunisian diplomat and Special Representative of
Nations Secretary-General, Head of the UN Stabilization Mission
in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Annabi
is missing after 2010 Haiti earthquake in which
the UN Headquarters in Port-au-Prince collapsed. He was
previously an Assistant-Secretary-General
at the United
Nations Department of
Peacekeeping Operations, from 1997 to 2007.
Annabi received a degree in Political Science
from the Institut d'Études
Politiques de Paris, a degree in English Language and
Literature from the University of
Tunis, and a master's degree (diplôme) in
international relations from the Graduate
Institute of International Studies (Institut universitaire
de hautes études internationales) in Geneva.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Annabi was a member of
Tunisia's Foreign Service, where he served as Diplomatic Adviser to
the Prime Minister before being appointed as Chairman and General
Manager of the National News Agency (Agence
Tunis-Afrique-Presse) in 1979.
Career with the United
Annabi joined the United Nations in February 1981. He served as
the Principal Officer in the Office of the Special Representative
of the Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in Southeast Asia.
He was subsequently appointed as 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 in October 1991, he was involved in the
preparations for the establishment of the United Nations
Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC).
Annabi joined the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
in 1992 and served as Director of the Africa Division from 1993 to 1996. In addition,
he was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Operations
of DPKO in June 1996. He was appointed Assistant Secretary-General
for Peacekeeping Operations on 28 January 1997. In September 2007
he was appointed head of the United
Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
The collapsed MINUSTAH headquarters after the 2010
Immediately following the earthquake of 12 January 2010,
Annabi was reported to be missing after the UN headquarters in
Haiti, the Christopher Hotel in Port-au-Prince,
Although later prematurely confirmed dead by President René Préval,
he is still reported as missing. In
confirming 22 UN peacekeepers dead from the collapse, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had yet to receive
confirmation of the death of Annabi, but that he was in fact buried
in the rubble and remains unaccounted for.