Marcello Spatafora

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Marcello Spatafora (born July 30, 1941) is a retired Italian diplomat, former Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations.


Marcello Spatafora was born in Innsbruck, Austria. He studied Law at the University of Pisa, at the prestigious Collegio Medico-Giuridico of the Scuola Normale Superiore, known today as the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies.

He served as the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations from April 2003 until August 2008. He was President of the United Nations Security Council in December 2007. From 2000 until April 2003, he served in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director General for Multilateral Economic and Financial Cooperation.

He also served as Ambassador of Italy to Albania from 1997 to 1999, and Ambassador to Australia from 1993 to 1997. In 1989-1990 he was the Chief of the Italian Delegation responsible for organizing the country’s presidency of the European Economic Community. He served as Ambassador to Malta from 1986 to 1989, and Ambassador to Malaysia from 1980 to 1986. Prior to this time, he served in different positions in Paris, Belgrade and Beirut.

Since 2008, he has been a staunch supporter of United Nations activities worldwide, including in particular the humanitarian relief efforts led by OCHA.

His wife, Laura, is a former medical researcher. His son, Nikola Spatafora, is an official at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Preceded by
Sergio Vento
Italian Ambassador to the United Nations
2003 - August 25, 2008
Succeeded by
Giulio Terzi Sant'Agata

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