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British ambassador to the United Nations to speak at LSE

Sir Emyr Jones-Parry, British ambassador to the United Nations, will give a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Wednesday 10 November. He will speak on The United Nations at the Cross-roads.

The UN is going through volatile and traumatic times. The initial unity of the Security Council, forged immediately after September 11, fractured into angry disagreement over how to deal with Saddam Hussein; the 'Oil for Food' scandal continues to stain and spread; the bombing of the UN mission in Iraq last summer killed senior UN staff and was a terrible blow to morale.

Meanwhile, the UN wrestles with underlying issues such as the changing nature of sovereignty and the challenge of human rights. When Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general, addressed the General Assembly last autumn, he said bluntly that the UN was at a fork in the road, a moment of choice as important as the moment of its foundation in 1945. At the secretary-general's suggestion, a High Level Panel was recruited to examine all aspects of the UN, with no issues barred from consideration. It reports in December 2004.

Ambassador Sir Emyr Jones-Parry has been Britain's permanent representative to the UN since 2003 and has been in the very middle of these dramatic developments. His lecture will give anyone interested in the future of the UN a chance to hear an unusually authoritative view of the UN at these cross-roads. What are the options? What are the obstacles? Which direction will it - should it - take?

Sir Emyr Jones-Parry is British ambassador to the United Nations and has been in post since 2003. He joined the Foreign Office in 1973 and prior to his current position was the UK's permanent representative on the North Atlantic Council.

Howard Davies, LSE director, will chair this event.

The United Nations at the Cross-roads is on Wednesday 10 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. 

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  • Members of the public: all tickets for this event have now been allocated.
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1 November 2004