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Salim Ahmed Salim
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In office
April 24, 1984 – November 5, 1985
President Julius Nyerere
Preceded by Edward Moringe Sokoine
Succeeded by Joseph Sinde Warioba

Born January 23, 1942 (1942-01-23) (age 67)
Political party Chama cha Mapinduzi

Salim Ahmed Salim (b. January 23, 1942, Zanzibar, present-day Tanzania) a Tanzanian diplomat who has worked in the international diplomatic arena since the early 1960s. Salim is married to Amne and they have three children: Maryam, Ali and Ahmed.



He was educated at Lumumba College in Zanzibar and later pursued his undergraduate studies at the St. Stephen's College of the University of Delhi and obtained his Masters degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He became a student activist in the early 1960s and was founder and first Vice President of the All-Zanzibar Student union. He holds six Doctorates (Honoris Causa) including: Doctor of Laws, the University of Philippines at Los Baños (1980), Doctor of Humanities, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria (1983), Doctor of Civil Law, University of Mauritius (1991), Doctor of Arts in International Affairs, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1995), Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations, University of Bologna, Italy (1996), and Doctor of Laws, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1998). Born in Zanzibar

Positions held in Tanzania

  • Chief Editor of a Zanzibar daily paper, Secretary General of the All-Zanzibar Journalists Organisation 1963-1964
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs 1980-1984
  • Prime Minister of Tanzania 1984-1985
  • Deputy Prime Minister of Tanzania 1986-1989
  • Minister for Defence and National Service 1986-1989
  • President of the Julius K. Nyerere Foundation 2001 - current

Diplomatic positions held


Positions at the United Nations

  • June/July 1972: Chairman of the United Nations Special Mission to Niue
  • August 1972: Drafting Committee of the Political Committee of the Ministerial Conference of non-Aligned States, Georgetown, Guyana
  • April 1973: Chairman of the Political Committee of International Conference of Experts in Support of the Victims of Colonialism and Apartheid in Southern Africa, Oslo
  • 1975: Chairman of the Security Council's Committee on Sanctions against Southern Rhodesia
  • 1976: President of the United Nations Security Council
  • 1979: President of the United Nations General Assembly for the Thirty-fourth, Sixth emergency special, Seventh emergency special, and Eleventh special sessions.

Other diplomatic positions

At the continental level, following the invitation of the President of the African Development Bank, he has since March, 2002 been acting as African Water Ambassador whose responsibilities include advocacy, sensitization, and mobilization of support on African water issues. He also serves as:

  • Chairperson, Advisory Board, Institute of Security Studies (ISS) based in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Chairperson of the International Board of Trustees, Africa Humanitarian Action (AHI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Member and Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Trustees of the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe

At international level, Salim serves on the following boards, panels and commissions:

Honours and decorations

Salim holds a number of decorations/honours (including some of the highest national honours).

  • The Star of Africa (Liberia, 1980)
  • The Order of the United Republic of Tanzania – Nishani Ya Jamhuri Ya Muungano Wa Tanzania, 1985)
  • Order of Mille Collines (Rwanda, 1993)
  • Grande Croix de l’Ordre Congolais du Dévouement (Republic of Congo, 1994)
  • Grand Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite (Central African Republic, 1994)
  • Medal of Africa (Libya, 9.9.99)
  • Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Lion (Sénégal, 2000)
  • Order of the Two Niles (Sudan, 2001)
  • Ordre El-Athir (Algeria, 2001)
  • Ordre du Mono (Togo, 2001)
  • Commandant de l’Ordre National (Mali, 2001).

Salim remains an active player in the political affairs of Tanzania where he is member of the National Executive Committee of the governing political party of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Moringe Sokoine
Prime Minister of Tanzania
Succeeded by
Joseph Sinde Warioba
Preceded by
Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Vice President of Tanzania
Succeeded by
John Samuel Malecela
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Indalecio Liévano
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Succeeded by
Rüdiger von Wechmar


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