Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, was elected Chair of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) on 18 June 2014. (See Press Release GA/11525.)
Prior to appointment as the Permanent Representative of Italy in September 2013, Mr. Cardi served as Deputy Secretary-General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome since 2010. Before that he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 2007 to 2010. In August 2006 he was appointed Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister for reform of the United Nations Security Council.
Mr. Cardi held various positions in the Foreign Ministry, serving in 2004 as Minister Plenipotentiary at the General Directorate for Multilateral Political Affairs and Human Rights. In November 2001 he became the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Senate. After his promotion to the rank of First Counsellor in 2000, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Press and Information Department.
Between 1994 and 1998, Mr. Cardi served as a counsellor at Italy’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. His 30-year diplomatic career, which started in 1981, also included service as Deputy Consul at Italy’s Consulate General in Paris (1987), and First Secretary in Beijing (1984).
Mr. Cardi holds a degree in political science from the University of Rome.
Born in Rome in 1956, he is married and has two children.
* This supersedes Press Release BIO/4534 of 20 September 2013.