About the Ambassador

Dr. Nabil Ahmad Abuznaid



  • Ambassador – Head of Mission, Palestinian Mission to Portugal – Lisbon, May 2017 – Present.
  • Ambassador – Head of Mission, Palestinian Mission to the Netherlands – The Hague, 2009 – 2017.

Dean of the 16 Arab Ambassadors to the Netherlands, 2013 – 2017.

Lead representative in submitting the Palestinian application to the International Criminal Court (ICC), by making Palestine the 123rd state to sign the Rome Statute.

Lead a successful lobbying campaign in The Hague in March 2016. Resulted in the support of overwhelming majority of representatives of states for Palestine’s bid to become a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). Palestine subsequently became the 118th Member State of the PCA.

  • Chrgé d’Affaires, Palestinian Mission to the USA – Washington DC, 2008 – 2009.
  • Deputy Head of Mission, Palestinian Mission to the USA – Washington DC, 2004 – 2007.

Member of the Palestinian Delegation which participated in peace talks in Annapolis in November 2007.

Formulated and delivered lectures on conflict resolution at prestigious American universities as well as on Capitol Hill.

Utilized media exposure gained from major television channels and newspapers to push the conversation on Palestine forward.

  • Advisor to the late Chairman Arafat.

Worked closely with Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian leadership on American affairs and the peace process that led to the Oslo agreement.

  • Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Trustee, Director of International cooperation & Lecturer of Political Science, Hebron University, Hebron, Palestine, 1992 – 2003.


  • PhD, International Relations, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland, 1998.

Dissertation – Palestine from confrontation to negotiations.

  • Masters of Science, Political Science, Howard University and Georgetown University Consortium, Washington DC, USA, 1982.
  • Bachelors of Science, Political Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA, USA, 1979.


  • Born in Dora – Palestine in 1954.
  • Married to Rola Yousef , 3 children: Ahmad, Adam and Mariam.

After 50 years of Israeli occupation, ‘now is the time’ to create Palestinian state – UN chief

5 June 2017 – Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“Now is the time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel,” Mr. Guterres said in his statement on the 50 year occupation.

The occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan, which displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians, has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people, he said.

Among them are generation after generation of Palestinians who have been compelled to grow-up and live in ever more crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children, he added.

Ending the occupation that began in 1967 and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, he stressed.

“Now is not the time to give up on this goal” but is the time to return to direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, agreements and international law, Mr. Guterres said.

He warned that continued settlement construction and expansion, violence and incitement and the illicit arms build-up and militant activity in Gaza risk creating a one-state reality that is incompatible with realizing the legitimate national and historic aspirations of both peoples.

He recalled that in 1947, the world recognized the two-state solution and called for the emergence of “independent Arab and Jewish states” on the basis of UN General Assembly resolution 181.

On 14 May 1948, the State of Israel was born, but almost seven decades later, “the world still awaits the birth of an independent Palestinian state,” he said, offering once again to work with all relevant stakeholders to support a genuine peace process.

source: un.org