Dowlada aynu walaalaha iyo Saaxiibada nahay ee Djibouti ayaa isu diyaarineysa in ay qabato hogaanka hay’ada Qaramada midoobay u qaabilsan waxbarashada iyo dhaqanka ee marka la soo gaabiyo loo yaqaan UNESCO, United Nations Educationnel, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Madaxweynaha ayaa soo bandhigay in safiirka Djibouti u fadhiya dalka Faransiika Ambassador Rachad FARAH uu yahay mas’uul aad ugu haboon jagadaas, Ambassador Rachad oo ah rugcadaa aad looga yaqaan golayaasha caalamka ayaa soo ahaa Wasiirka arimaha dibada Dalka Djibouti laga bilaabo sanadkii 1977 isagoo xiligaasi wax badan ka qabtay xiriirka Djibouti la leedahay beesha caalamka, isla markaana suurto galiyay in ay furmaan qaar ka mid ah safaaradaha dalka Djibouti ku leeyahay caalamka.
Rachad ayaa ka mid ah safiirada caalamka ugu taariikhda fog isagoo dalkiisa safiir uga soo noqday wadamo badan, Waxyaabaha sida gaarka ah loogu xusuusto Ambassador Rachad waxaa ka mid ah doorkii uu ku lahaa dhax-dhaxaadintii iyo heshiiskii dowlada Soomaaliya iyo Ethiopia ee ay xiligaas kala hogaaminayeen Madaxweyne Mohamed Siad Bare iyo Mengistu H. Mariam, Sidoo kale doorkii uu ku lahaa aas-aaskii urur goboleedka Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) .
Waxaa durba arintaan soo dhaweeyay wadamada Carabta iyo Africa, HE Rachad FARAH ayaa sheegay in uu wax badan ka qaban doono horumarka dhanka waxbarashada, dhaqanka iyo isgaarsiinta ee wadamada Soomaaliya iyo Djibouti, isagoo wax laga xumaado ku tilmaamay in xiligaan ayan UNESCO ka howl gelin gudaha dalka Soomaaliya, Qabashada xilkan hadii dalka Djibouti ku guuleysto waxay noqoneysaa guul u soo hoyatay wadamada Geeska Africa gaar ahaan Africada bari.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Djibouti to France
Permanent Delegate of Djibouti to UNESCO
Personal Representative of the Head of State to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
Since 2004, Rachad Farah has been resident Ambassador to France, where he has also been representing Djibouti in Italy, the United Kingdom, Tunisia, Algeria, Portugal, Spain, Monaco and Iceland.
He was accredited to the Republic of Germany, the Helvetic Confederation and the Kingdom of Morocco until 2011, on whichdate Djibouti opened embassies in these three countries.
A permanent Delegate to UNESCO,Rachad FARAH strives to achieve the goal of “Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women” through education, culture, and dialogue among peoples andcivilizations.
Elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2009, he has been Vice Chairperson of the Africa Group to said Board since 2012.
Assisted by UNESCO, Mr. Rachad FARAH organized the first Think Tank in East Africa, “The Great Horizon,” in liaison with Universities in East Africa and the Intellectual Diaspora. Djibouti has been appointed to house the Headquarters
For its fifth edition, the latest meeting took place in Djibouti in 2010, in the presence of the Ministers for Youth in East Africa and the Assembly of Youth of East Africa.
As part of his activities for the Francophonie, Rachad FARAH has been dealing with cultural and political issues.
Japan / Asia, a diplomatic action, a commitment to bringing people together
Accredited to Japan for fifteen years (1989-2004), Rachad Farah developed his country’s relations with many other Asian countries, Residing in Tokyo, he was the representative of Djiboutito the PRC, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Singapore, the Republic of Philippines, Malaysia, the Kingdom of Thailand, Australia and India.
In 2000, he attended the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing.
With these governments and as a part of the bilateral relations, Rachad Farah contributed to increasing development projects (education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, etc.)
His concern for these matters encouraged the Japanese Government to have him participate in the preparation of TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development). He attended TICAD I in 1993, TICAD II in 1998 and TICAD III in 2003, and set up a working group of Tokyo-based African Ambassadors, a group that will build strength of proposal in the Conference.
He became the Dean of the African Group in 1994 and was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps from 1999 to 2004.
Rachad Farah took part in cultural, artistic and humanitarian activities.
Support to AMDA (Association of Medical Doctors of Asia), an NGO founded by Dr. Shigeru Suganami,in which Mrs. Tazuko, the Ambassador’s wife who participated in its foundation, was appointed Secretary-General. Upon her recommendation, AMDA first got involved in Africa and the Arab countries in 1993. AMDA then took many actions in conflict or post-conflict areas (Djibouti for refugees, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Soudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Darfur….).
With the help of his wife, Rachad Farah struggled for the ONG’s international recognition. In support of this cause, they both met Boutros Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in New York. AMDA became a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) in 1996.
Contribution of Tazuko and Rachad Farah to the creation of the ASIAN PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, an institution that welcomes both Japanese and foreign students and teachers. Rachad Farah is a member of the University’s Board. He called the attention of the Diplomatic Community to this project. He also advocates the University’s opening to students from Southern countries.
Foreign Affairs: A ministry to create … diplomacy to affirm
After his studies and the independence of Djibouti in 1977, Rachad FARAH was appointed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to whose creation he contributed.He successively served as Head of Department for Bilateral Relations, Director and Interim Secretary-General.
In these positions, he was particularly in charge of:
Creating the first Djibouti embassies (in Paris, New York, Cairo, Addis Abeba);
Preparingand participating in major summits and international meetings (General Assembly of the United Nations from 1977 to 1988, Francophone summits, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of African Unity, the Arab League);
Liaising with the Francophonieand the Cultural and Technical Cooperation Agency. As such, he led several missions on behalf of the Agency (Zaire, Cameroon, Mauritius, Seychelles, Rwanda, Burundi…).
As part of his duties with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rachad FARAH was involved in reconciliation negotiations between Somalia and Ethiopia after the Ogaden War (Meeting inDjibouti between Presidents Mohamed Siad Bare and Mariam Mengistu).
In 1985, Rachad FARAH took part in a significant project to help the people living in the war and famine-stricken Horn of Africa, i.e. the creation of IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development )He was specifically responsible for preparation with Western countries and USSR and coordination between the future Member States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan).
In 1986, during the Civil War in South Yemen, he was appointed chairman of the Committee for Evacuated People in Yemen, which evacuated more than 300,000 people in ten days, including, Japanese, Brazilians, Indians, Pakistanis, Philippines, Indonesians and people from many other countries.
In charge of security in the Red Sea, he met officials from all of the countries surrounding the Red Sea (Egypt, Yemen, Ethiopia, etc.) on several occasions.
Rachad Farah was born in Djiboutiin 1950. After a degree in History and Geography (Paris-Sorbonne), he graduated from the Institute of Public Administration (IIAP-Paris), International Relations Department – diplomatic section.
Rachad Farah was awarded the Grand Cordon of “The Order of the Rising Sun”in Japan and the medal of Grand Officer of the Order “Rio Branco” (Brazil) for rescuing the PETROBRAS survivors during the Civil War in South Yemen.
He is also Commander of the Order of June 27 of Djibouti.
Rachad FARAH wrote two papers;“Djibouti et son environnement politique” in 1977 (for IIAP) and “L’Afrique en marche” on the occasion of TICAD IIin 1998.