UN-HABITAT regrets to announce the passing of Mr. Peter Swan. An Australian national born in 1946, he suffered a heart attack at his adoptive home in Bangkok, Thailand on 23 November, 2008.
Mr. Swan joined the agency in 1989 as officer in charge of its information division. During this period he was responsible for all video presentations at the Habitat II ‘City Summit’ in Istanbul. From 1995 to 1998 he served in Bangkok, as Coordinator of the Community Development Programme for Asia, before assuming responsibility for UN-HABITAT’s Cambodia programme in Phnom Penh.
Expressing her condolences, UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, cited his popularity among his colleagues, and the role Mr. Swan played in helping make the Istanbul meeting a success. He is survived by his wife, Marasee.