House of Lords Event to honour Eric Drummond, 28 November

Date: 28 November 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Room 4a, House of Lords, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0PW

Chair:  The Rt. Hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Speaker: Professor Patricia Clavin, Professor of International History, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Response: David Macfadyen, Lead author, 'Eric Drummond and his Legacies'

2019 marks the centenary of the foundation of the League of Nations. Eric Drummond, the League’s first Secretary-General (1919-1933), created ‘an international secretariat, lifted above all national contexts’. He deserves recognition for having conceived a new permanent element of world life – impartial multilateral cooperation. Drummond and his senior colleagues showed that the way towards building a better world was through nations acting together. They set a pattern of international governance which today’s international civil servants follow in the UN and other international bodies.

The event is organized jointly by the Westminster United Nations Association and the British Association of Former United Nations Civil Servants. It will highlight the book, Eric Drummond and his Legacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) authored by four former British UN staff.

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.

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