Nasser al-Qudwa

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Nasser Al Qudwa
2nd Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
1991 – 2005[1]
President Yasser Arafat
Rawhi Fattouh
Preceded by Zuhdi Labib Terzi
Succeeded by Riyad Mansour
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 64–65)
Political party Fatah
Alma mater Cairo University
Doctor of Dental Medicine and Surgery[2]

Nasser Al Qudwa (Arabic: ناصر القدوة‎), also spelled Nasser Al-Kidwa,[1] (born 1953), is the nephew of the late Yasser Arafat.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Al Qudwa was born in 1953. He attended Cairo University, graduating with a degree in dentistry in 1979.[2] Then became an executive member of the Palestinian Red Crescent shortly after.


Al Qudwa joined Fatah in 1969. He became president of the General Union of Palestinian Students in 1974. He is also a central-committee member of Fatah.[4]

Qudwa represented his uncle Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization as an unofficial observer in the United Nations in 1987, then as a permanent observer in 1991.[2] In 2005, he was succeeded by Riyad H. Mansour, when he became Foreign Affairs Minister in the Palestinian Authority Government of February 2005. Nasser served as United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).[5] Al Qudwa was appointed deputy to Kofi Annan, then special envoy to Syria for the U.N. and Arab League in March 2012.[6] He was responsible for the contacts with Syrian opposition groups.[7] In 2014, Al Qudwa resigned from his position as U.N. Deputy Mediator on Syria.[8] In October 2016 it is rumored Arab states are promoting the idea Al-Qudwa would replace Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Palestinian Authority when the latter is expected to resign.

Personal life[edit]

Al Qudwa currently lives in New York City.[9][10] Al Qudwa is the head of the Yasser Arafat Foundation.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Former Ambassadors, Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, (Retrieved Jan 11, 2015).
  2. ^ a b c Biographical Notes, United Nations, retrieved January 22, 2015 
  3. ^ "Profile: Nasser al-Kidwa". Asharq Alawsat. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Levinson, Charles (12 October 2010). "Opposition Mounts Against Abbas". The Wall Street Journal. Ramallah. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  5. ^ UN Press Release. United Nations. 17 MGeneral Union of Palestinian Students arch 2012
  6. ^ "Kofi Annan to head to Syria on Saturday as Russia and China step up peace efforts". Al Arabiya. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Annan deputy blocked by Damascus". Rappler. Agence France-Presse. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  8. ^ U.N. deputy mediator on Syria Nasser al-Kidwa resigns, Al Arabiya, February 3, 2014, retrieved January 22, 2015 
  9. ^ Nasser al-Kidwa Cripes, Corey. University of Texas. 14 October 1999
  10. ^ Biographies of Palestinian political leaders Archived 25 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Middle East Reference.
  11. ^ "Arafat's Death Revisited; Israel Completes Separation Wall". MIFTAH. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 

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