Nadia Younes 1946–2003

Nadia Younes, who died in the bomb attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August, was serving as Chief of Staff for Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations Special Representative in Baghdad. She was seconded from WHO to this position in May 2003.

Prior to her appointment in Iraq, Nadia was WHO's Executive Director in charge of External Relations and Governing Bodies from August 2002. Her responsibilities included relations with WHO’s Member States, 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 United Nation field mission in Kosovo, where she was in charge of the information and communication office in the Cabinet of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Bernard Kouchner.

Nadia joined the United Nations secretariat in 1970, and worked with the Department of Information in various capacities. Later assignments included Information Officer for the World Conference of the Decade of Women, Deputy Spokeswoman for the Secretary-General (1988–93), Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Rome, and Director of the Media Division in the Department of Public Information in New York.

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

"She was an amazing person — full of life, energetic and extremely resourceful. Nadia was with us at WHO for less than a year, but she immediately became known as one of the most charismatic people in the organization", said Dr Jong-Wook Lee, Director-General of WHO.

Nadia is survived by her brother and her sister.


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