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Abdulrahim Abby Farah
Abdulrahim Abby Farah
عبد الرحيم آبي فرح
|Undersecretary General of the United Nations|
|Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations|
|Prime Minister||Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke|
|Ambassador of Somalia to Ethiopia|
|Prime Minister||Abdirizak Haji Hussein|
|Born||October 22, 1919
|Died||May 14, 2018 (aged 98)
New York, U.S.
|Political party||Somali Youth League|
|Alma mater||University College, Exeter
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. 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.
Farah was married, and he and his wife had five children.
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.
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.
From 1965 to 1972, Farah was the Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations in New York City. He concurrently served as the Acting Director General of Somalia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1966.
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. He acted as the Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Questions between 1973 and 1978. Additionally, Farah served as Somalia's representative within the League of Arab States. From 1973 to 1978, he was the Undersecretary-General for Special Political Questions, later becoming the Undersecretary General from 1979 to 1990.
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. Farah died in May 2018 at the age of 98.
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