Peter Hansen (UN)

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Peter Hansen (born June 2, 1941 in Aalborg), a Danish national, was Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 1996-2005.

Academic career[edit]

After completing graduate and postgraduate studies in political science at Arhus University in 1966, Hansen joined the staff of the University as an Assistant Professor in International Relations.

Diplomatic career[edit]

In 1978, Hansen joined the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning and Coordination. Between 1985 and 1992, he served as Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations. In March 1994, he took over the post of Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

During his UN tenure, he has served as Chairman of the Organization's Appointment and Promotion Board and various committees and as the Secretary-General's representative to the World Food Programme. He also served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee established to follow up the Washington Conference in support of the Middle East peace process.

Commissioner-General of UNRWA[edit]

Hansen was appointed Commissioner-General of UNRWA by UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on January 20, 1996 and took office on March 1, 1996. His term ended on March 31, 2005 and he retired from United Nations service.[1] Hansen had been critical of Israeli actions and UN sources said the US had opposed his reappointment.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unrwa head to go against his will, BBC News, 20 January 2005. Accessed 6 December 2010.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jan Eliasson (Sweden)
Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator

1994–1996
Succeeded by
Yasushi Akashi (Japan)
Preceded by
İlter Türkmen (Turkey)
Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
February 29, 1996–20 January 2010
Succeeded by
Karen Koning AbuZayd (U.S.)