Former Foreign Minister of Italy
Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata was born in Bergamo, graduated in Law and specialized in International Law at the University of Milan. He joined Italy’s foreign service in 1973. After his appointments to Paris, Ottawa, Vancouver, NATO – Brussels and United Nations – New York, from 2004 to 2008 Amb. Terzi was Deputy Secretary General , Director General for Multilateral Political Affairs and Political Director.
As Ambassador of Italy to Israel from 2002 to 2004 his focus was on strengthening bilateral relations and ties between Israel and the European Union. During the Italian Presidency of the EU in 2003, important decisions were taken on security issues and the Middle East Peace Process.
Transatlantic relations, international security, crises management, peacekeeping operations, development and human rights have been the priorities on Amb. Terzi’s agenda as Permanent Representative of to the United Nations in New York from 2008 to 2009, during the Italian mandate in the UN Security Council.
As Ambassador to the United States until November 2011, Amb. Terzi worked on further strengthening bilateral cooperation in international security as well as in economic, cultural and scientific matters. He launched a country wide strategy to promote Italian culture, science and language. As Minister of Foreign Affairs took the initiative of establishing the “2013 -Year of the Italian Culture in the USA”, which he inaugurated in Washington on behalf of the Italian government in December 2012. An outcome of these efforts was the inclusion of the Italian language in the Advanced Placement Program among the main foreign language taught in American schools.
From November 2011 until March 2013 Amb. Terzi was Minister for Foreign Affairs.
He is currently active in political and academic life on main aspects of foreign policy, European affairs, crises management, international security, promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Ambassador Terzi is President of the “Global Committee for the Rule of Law – Marco Pannella”, He is also member of the Advisory Board of UANI, and President of the Department for Foreign Affairs at “Fondazione Luigi Einaudi”.
Amb. Terzi writes for Italian and international publications, newspapers, blogs, social media, and he speaks at national and foreign TV and Radio programs. He attends conferences, seminars and debates; lecturing in major Universities and think- tanks.