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Bringing the EU and UN closer

20 October 2010

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A former senior British diplomat who helped negotiate Britain’s entry into the European Union will outline a series of new measures designed to bring the United Nations and European Union closer in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, in a major public lecture this week (Thursday 4th November).

In his lecture, Lord Hannay will reflect on the impact of the end of the Cold War and outline a series of measures designed to improve the relationship between the EU and United Nations.

Dr Peter Sutch, School of European studies, who organised the lecture alongside The Welsh Centre for International Affairs, said: "Lord Hannay as a former Diplomat, ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations will be able to offer a unique insight into the relationship and dynamic between the EU and the UN.

"In a changing world that presents ever increasing and complex challenges, Lord Hannay’s lecture could help offer an informed and comprehensive insight into how the EU and UN can better co-operate and tackle some of world’s emerging and long-standing challenges."

Lord Hannay’s lecture – ‘The Relationship of the European Union and the United Nations: a Work in Progress’ is part of a series of lectures organised jointly between the University’s School of European Studies and the United Nations Association Wales (UNA Wales).

The lecture series, which take place at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff, is designed to help develop and raise awareness and understanding of international issues.

Lord Hannay entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1959, and was initially posted to Tehran and Kabul. Starting in 1965 and continuing into the early 1970s, he was involved in the negotiations that led to the UK’s entry into the European Communities.

From 1979 to 1983, he was Under-Secretary (European Communities) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was minister at the British Embassy in Washington DC in 1984-5, and was then promoted to ambassador and permanent representative to the European Communities from 1985-90. From 1990 to 1995, he was ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.

Following his retirement from the diplomatic service, he was the British Special Representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003, and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, which submitted its report in December 2004.

In 2001 he was created a life peer. He was pro-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham from 2001 to 2006 and in 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour. Since January 2006, he has been Chair of the Board of UNA-UK.

The lecture takes place on Thursday 4th November at 5.45 at The Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Entrance is free and open to members of the public. The lecture is preceded by a reception sponsored by the European Commission (5:15pm)

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