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Head of Office

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Mr. Joseph  J. Stephanides

Head of UNMEE Office, Addis Ababa



Mr. Joseph J. Stephanides was appointed Head of the Office at UNMEE’s Addis Ababa headquarters by the UN Secretary-General in September 2006.  


Before joining the United Nations in September 1980, Mr. Stephanides held diplomatic postings with the Cypriot Foreign Service in Bonn, Washington DC and New York, including that of Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.


In his career with the UN, Mr. Stephanides has served as Director, Security Council Affairs Division, Department of Political Affairs. He has also been Deputy Director, Security Council Affairs Division and Chief of the Sanctions Branch in the Department of Political Affairs and Chief, Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch at the Security Council Affairs Division, Department of Political Affairs. He was also Deputy Director, West Asia Division, in the Department of Political Affairs.

Mr. Stephanides’ broad experience in UN peacekeeping missions includes service as Head of the Office of the Secretary General in Iran (UNOSGI) in connection with the implementation of Security Council Resolution 598 (1987) on ending the war between Iraq and Iran and regional security issues.  He was also Head of the Kamanjab and Sesfontein Political Office of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) in Namibia.


Other posts held by Mr. Stephanides include Senior External Relations Officer at the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, and Deputy Chief, New York Office of the United Nations Division of Human Rights.


Mr. Stephanides holds an L.L.B degree from Athens University, Greece, and an L.L.M in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law.  In addition, he pursued postgraduate studies at the Georgetown University School of Law, and Bonn University School of Law.


Born on 12 September 1945, Mr. Stephanides is married and has two daughters.