Hédi Annabi

Hédi Annabi (4 September 1943 – 12 January 2010) was a Tunisian diplomat and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).[1] He was previously an Assistant-Secretary-General at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, from 1997 to 2007.

Hédi Annabi
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Annabi speaking during a January 2008 conference on the Brazilian presence in Haiti
Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
In office
September 2007 – 12 January 2010
Preceded byEdmond Mulet
Succeeded byEdmond Mulet (interim)
Personal details
Born(1943-09-04)4 September 1943
French Tunisia
Died12 January 2010(2010-01-12) (aged 66)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Alma materInstitut d'Études Politiques de Paris
University of Tunis
Graduate Institute of International Studies
WebsiteMINUSTAH Leadership

Annabi died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake in which the UN Headquarters in Port-au-Prince collapsed.

Early life and educationEdit

Annabi was born on 4 September 1941.[2] He 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 and Development Studies (Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales et du developpement) 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 chairman and general manager of the National News Agency (Agence Tunis Afrique Presse) in 1979. His tenure at the agency lasted until 1981.[3]

Annabi joined the United Nations in February 1981.[3] 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 director of the 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).[4]


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, collapsed.[5] Although later prematurely confirmed dead by President René Préval, he was still reported as missing until 16 January 2010.[6][7]

On 16 January 2010, Annabi was confirmed by the UN Mission in Haiti to have died, after his body was recovered from the rubble of buildings in Port-au-Prince.[8] In confirming 22 UN peacekeepers dead from the collapse, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, that he was “deeply saddened” to confirm the deaths of his Special Representative to Haiti, Hédi Annabi, as well as his Deputy Luiz Carlos da Costa and Acting Police Commissioner Doug Coates of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “In every sense of the word, they gave their lives for peace,” he said. The Secretary-General characterized Annabi as a “true citizen of the world” for whom the UN was his life.[9][10]


  1. ^ Ban calls for international support in wake of devastating Haiti quake United Nations.
  2. ^ ANNABI, Hédi - Operation Spaix.net Archived 17 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Hédi Annabi". United Nations Oral History. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Prise de fonction du nouveau Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour Haïti et Chef de la MINUSTAH". MINUSTAH. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  5. ^ (Google News) Canadian Press, "UN says Haiti headquarters collapsed in earthquake, large number of personnel missing", Edith M. Lederer, 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  6. ^ Remembering Hédi Annabi, Diplomat Wall Street Journal. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  7. ^ Delva, J. G. (2010): U.N. mission chief in Haiti killed in quake Reuters. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  8. ^ Clinton visits quake-hit Haitians BBC News. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  9. ^ Ban mourns deaths of top UN officials in Haiti quake UN News Service. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  10. ^ Press Conference by Emergency Relief Coordinator on Situation in Haiti United Nations. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.