Abdulrahim Abby Farah

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Abdulrahim Abby Farah
عبد الرحيم آبي فرح
Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations
In office
Prime Minister Abdirizak Haji Hussein
Ambassador of Somalia to Ethiopia
In office
Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke
Personal details
Born 22 October 1919
Berbera, British Somaliland
Political party Somali Youth League
Alma mater University College, Exeter
Oxford University
Religion Islam

Abdulrahim Abby Farah (Somali: Cabduulraxiim Cabby Faarax, Arabic: عبد الرحيم آبي فرح‎‎) (born on October 22, 1919) is a Somali diplomat and politician. He served as the Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations, and as the Ambassador of Somalia to Ethiopia.[1] He is the Chairperson of the PaSAGO non-governmental organization.

Personal life[edit]

Farah was born on 22 October 1919, in Barry, Wales.[2][3]

For his tertiary education, he earned a degree from the University College, Exeter and Oxford University in England.[3]

Farah is married, and he and his wife have 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 1979 to 1990, he was also the Undersecretary-General for Special Political Questions.[3]

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]


  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. 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. 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. 

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