Giorgio Giacomelli

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Giorgio Giacomelli (25 January 1930, Milan – 8 February 2017, Rome)[1] was an Italian diplomat who represented Italy as ambassador to Somalia and Syria and was UNRWA's Commissioner-General from 1985 to 1991.[2]

Giacomelli was the Italian Ambassador to Somalia from 1973 to 1976 and Ambassador to Syria from 1976 to 1980. In 1981 he became Director-General for Emigration and Social Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then, until October 1985, Director–General of the Department of Cooperation and Development. From 1985 to 1991 he was Commissioner-General of UNWRA.[2] Giacomelli left UNRWA when he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar to become head of the UN's anti-drug campaign.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Falleció en Roma el ex vicesecretario general de la ONU, Giorgio Giacomelli (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Ambassador Giorgio Giacomelli
  3. ^ Benjamin N. Schiff, Refugees Unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians, (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), p. 293.
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
Olof Rydbeck (Sweden)
Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
October 1985–February 1991
Succeeded by
İlter Türkmen (Turkey)