Monday, June 13, 2011

On June 13

On this day in ...
... 1946 (65 years ago today), Nadia Younes was born in Cairo, Egypt. After receiving a degree in English literature from Cairo University she moved to New York, where she became an employee of the United Nations while earning her master's in political science and international relations from New York University. (credit for 1998 U.N. portrait of Younes by John Isaac) In addition to working at the U.N. Secretariat -- including service as the U.N. chief protocol officer during the milestone 2000 meeting of world leaders -- she would lead the U.N. public information office in Rome, then the external relations office of the World Health Organization in Geneva. In 2003 she moved to Baghdad to become chief of staff for the top U.N. official in that wartorn city, Sergio Vieira de Mello. De Mello and Younes, an IntLawGrrls foremother, were among the nearly 2 dozen persons killed in the August 2003 bombing of the U.N. mission in Iraq. A memorial website in Younes' honor is here.

(Prior June 13 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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