Mr. Paul-Henri Arni

Third Member (United Nations)

Mr. Paul-Henri Arni

From March 2011 to November 2012, Paul-Henri Arni was leading Health Care in Danger, one of the priority projects of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) aiming at reducing the number of attacks against the medical mission worldwide. His contribution reinforced ICRCs operational response, secured key partnerships with States and health NGOs and launched a global expert consultation to find new ways to protect the wounded and health personnel in conflict. He had previously served as Head of ICRC’s Regional Delegation for the Western Balkans (2007-2011) where he directly coordinated the work of several teams involved in searching for the whereabouts of the then 18,000 missing persons from the three conflicts. His responsibilities included overseeing tracing work, providing legal and psychosocial support to families, negotiating with governments of the region and securing access to new sources of information on gravesites in national and international police, military and judicial archives, as well as securing diplomatic support from the European Union and Commission. When he left the region 14,000 persons were still unaccounted for.

Prior to the above, Mr. Arni had a distinguished carrier with the ICRC as Head of Regional Delegation for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova (2003 – 2007) and Head of Mission in Chad (2001-2003) and Tanzania (1999-2000). He previously served as deputy Head of Delegation in Pakistan (1998-1999), Head of Project So Why? and Head of Audiovisual Productions, Promotion of International Humanitarian Law Division (Geneva, 1996-1998 and 1994-1996). Before that, he served in operational management positions for ICRC in three conflict zones: Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992 -1993), Sri Lanka (1991-1992) and Uganda (1990-1991).

Mr. Arni edited two books for the ICRC (Missing Lives, 2010 and Woza Africa! with a foreword by President Nelson Mandela 1997) and produced three TV documentaries. Prior to the ICRC, Mr. Arni was an award-winner of an international TV documentary contest (1980-1981) and a regular contributor to three Swiss dailies (1981-1987).

Mr. Arni holds a degree in contemporary history and political science with specialization on China (1949-1989) from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.