Abdulrahim Abby Farah

Abdulrahim Abby Farah
عبد الرحيم آبي فرح
Undersecretary General of the United Nations
In office
Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations
In office
Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
Ambassador of Somalia to Ethiopia
In office
Prime Minister Abdirizak Haji Hussein
Personal details
Born October 22, 1919
Barry, Wales
Died May 14, 2018 (aged 98)
New York, U.S.
Political party Somali Youth League
Alma mater University College, Exeter
Oxford University

Abdulrahim Abby Farah (Somali: Cabduulraxiim Cabby Faarax, Arabic: عبد الرحيم آبي فرح‎; October 22, 1919 – May 14, 2018) was Somali diplomat and politician. He was Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations 1979-1990 and . He served as the Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations, and as the Ambassador of Somalia to Ethiopia.[1] He was the Chairperson of the PaSAGO non-governmental organization. he hails from the Rer Wa’ays subdivision of the Issa Musse subclan of the Isaaq.

Personal life

Farah was born on 22 October 1919, in Barry, Wales, and came from the Issa Musse subclan of the Isaaq.[2][3]

He earned degrees from the University College, Exeter and Balliol College, Oxford University in England.[3]

Farah was married, and he and his wife had five children.[4]


Farah began his diplomatic career with the Trust Territory of Somaliland administration, and after independence, with the early civilian government of the Somali Republic. He therein served in various capacities from 1951 to 1961, including as Director of the Somali Information Service.[3]

Between 1961 and 1965, Farah was Somalia's Ambassador to Ethiopia. He acted as Somalia's representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in 1962. Ambassador Farah also represented the nation at Council of Ministers meetings of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1964 and 1965.[3]

From 1965 to 1972, Farah was the Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations in New York City.[3] He concurrently served as the Acting Director General of Somalia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1966.[5]

From 1969 to 1972, Farah was the Chairperson of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid, presiding over a special session of the United Nations Security Council in 1972.[6] He acted as the Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Questions between 1973 and 1978.[3] Additionally, Farah served as Somalia's representative within the League of Arab States.[7] From 1973 to 1978, he was the Undersecretary-General for Special Political Questions, later becoming the Undersecretary General from 1979 to 1990.[3][8]

In 1998, Farah helped found the Partnership to Strengthen African Grassroots Organizations (PaSAGO). He has since then served as the non-governmental organization's Chairperson.[3] Farah died in May 2018 at the age of 98.[9]


  2. ^ Who's who in the United Nations and Related Agencies. Arno Press. 1975. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tenth Annual AMUN Conference, December 5-6, 1975". University of Central Arkansas. Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Yonkers U.N. Families On The Go Yonkers U.N. Families On The Go" (PDF). Herald Statesman. 11 December 1970. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ "FRUS 1964-1968, Volume XXIV: 320". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  6. ^ Thomas, Scott M. (1996). The Diplomacy of Liberation: The Foreign Relations of the African National Congress Since 1960. I. B. Tauris. p. 115. ISBN 9781850439936.
  7. ^ Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh (2013). Security and Territoriality in the Persian Gulf: A Maritime Political Geography. Routledge. p. 215. ISBN 1136817247. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Tributes for Wales-born Somali diplomat". BBC News. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  9. ^ Diplomat Abdulrahim Abby Farah passes away at 98

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