Luis Padilla Nervo

Manuel Tello Baurraud United Nations General Assembly Diplomat

Luis Padilla Nervo
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 December 1952 – 30 November 1958
PresidentAdolfo Ruiz Cortines
Preceded byManuel Tello Baurraud
Succeeded byManuel Tello Baurraud
Personal details
Born19 August 1894
Zamora, Michoacán
Died9 September 1985(1985-09-09) (aged 91)
Mexico City
Political partyPRI
Alma materUNAM
ProfessionLawyer, Diplomat

Luis Padilla Nervo (19 August 1894 – 9 September 1985) was a Mexican politician and diplomat. He was the first Mexican Ambassador at the United Nations, Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Sixth Session of United Nations General Assembly.


He studied law at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He also did postgraduate work at American, French, and British universities. Luis Padilla Nervo represented Mexico during the San Francisco Conference in 1945 and signed the United Nations Charter. In addition, he was the first Mexican Ambassador at the United Nations; in that position, he was a member of the United Nations Security Council. During the sixth session, he was president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Padilla Nervo was also ambassador to El Salvador, Paraguay, UNESCO, Costa Rica, and Denmark. In the Mexican public administration, he served in the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor. At the finish of his commission in the Permanent Mission of Mexico in United Nations, he was elected as judge of the International Court of Justice for the period 1964 to 1973.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Tello Baurraud
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Manuel Tello Baurraud
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
First in charge
Ambassador of Mexico at United Nations
Succeeded by
Martín Luis Guzmán
Preceded by
Rafael de la Colina
Ambassador of Mexico at United Nations
Succeeded by
Jorge Castañeda y Álvarez de la Rosa