How to Address a High Commissioner

High Commissioner, Diplomat

A high commissioner is a high-ranking appointed official (diplomat) with the rank of ambassador. Within a Commonwealth of Nations, a high commissioner rather than an ambassador is sent by one member nation to another as the highest diplomatic representative.  At the United Nations, high commissioners head commissions on various topics such as human rights or refugees. Adapt the forms below:

—-Official envelope:
—-—-His/Her Excellency
—-—-(Additional honorific(s) if held) (Full Name), (Post nominals if held)
—-—-High Commissioner for (Full Name of Country)

—-—-His/Her Excellency
—-—-(Additional honorific(s) if held) (Full Name), (Post nominals if held)
—-—-United Nations High Commissioner for (portfolio)

—-—-Your Excellency:
—-—-Dear High Commissioner:

How to address a high commissioner

How to Address a High Commissioner?

Are high commissioners addressed as Your Excellency like ambassadors?
——————– Rohit

Dear Rohit,
High commissioners are (virtually) the same as ambassadors. Within the Commonwealth of Nations, diplomats with the title of high commissioner are exchanged rather than diplomats with the title of ambassador.  Here are two examples:

—-#1) As members of the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia exchange high commissioners rather than ambassadors.
—-#2) A high commissioner is the highest representative of the French president to New Caledonia, a territorial collectivity of France.

–- Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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