Sir Jeremy Greenstock
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About the Event
We will be hosting a ~1 hour long web discussion with Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG on the topic ‘The State of International Cooperation and the Challenges We Face’. This discussion will raise awareness about the present state of international cooperation and the challenges we face as a humanity going forward.
Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG is the Former Permanent Representative for the UK to the United Nations Security Council in New York from 1998 to July 2003. He was Chairman of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee from 2001 to 2003 and also acted as the head of a Secuity Council mission to West Africa to assess the UN activities there, including the work of UNAMSIL.
During his time at the Foreign Office from 1969 to 2004, he specialised in the regions of the Middle East, transatlantic relations and the United Nations. His postings included Dubai, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Paris and New York. He served as political director in London from 1996 to 1998 and also as the UK’s special envoy for Iraq, based in Baghdad, from 2003 to 2004, where he worked alongside the US diplomat Paul Bremer within the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Greenstock wrote a book about his role in the Iraq war that was expected to be released in autumn 2005, but was withdrawn from publication at the request of the Foreign Office by then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Iraq: The Cost of War – Greenstock's diary of events leading up to, during, and after the Iraq War, was eventually published in 2016. In 2009, Greenstock also gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry regarding his time as ambassador to the United Nations.
After retiring from government service, Jeremy directed the Ditchley Foundation from 2004 to 2010 and worked during the same period as a special adviser to BP, a non-executive director of De La Rue plc, a governor of the London Business School and a trustee of the International Rescue Committee (UK). He was also Chair of UNA-UK from 2011 to 2016. He remains a special adviser to International Rescue Committee-UK and to the NGO Forward Thinking.
He was also King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George, the order's herald, from 2007 to 2019.
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