Ambassador hosts reception for 70th anniversary of UN
Lord Hannay of Chiswick honoured during UNA-UK event, which took place ahead of UN Day on 24 October
The Ambassador’s Residence in Kensington Palace Gardens was the setting for the celebration of 70 years of the United Nations ahead of United Nations Day on 24 October.
The event was organized by UNA-UK, the UK’s leading source of independent analysis on the UN.
Co-hosted by Ambassador Bermann and Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman of UNA-UK, the event featured key note speakers Baroness Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London; Sir Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development; and Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair of the UN All-Party Parliamentary Group.
In her opening speech, Ambassador Bermann, who was working with the UN in New York for its 50th anniversary, and was the director for UN affairs in the ministry of foreign affairs in Paris for its 60th, highlighted the importance of the United Nations in maintaining peace throughout the world.
She said: "I strongly believe that the UN and its Charter are at the core of our collective security and are the pillars on which our peace and prosperity stand."
The Ambassador also spoke of the role the UN plays in defending human rights, the protection of women and girls and climate change.
On the upcoming COP21 climate change conference, the Ambassador said: "In December in Paris the world will be watching as we gather to agree on a deal that we hope will be a watershed moment.
"I strongly believe that we can all pull our resources together and turn this summit into a success."
During the event, key note speaker Lord Hannay received the UNA-UK’s Sir Brian Urquhart Award for outstanding service to the UN of a UK citizen. Natalie Samarasinghe, Excecutive Director of UNA-UK, presented him with the award.
UN Day on 24 October marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
This year French embassies around the world have changed their homepage header image to show their support for the historic day.
See more photos from the UNA-UK reception evening below