Natalie Samarasinghe

Executive Director, United Nations Association - UK

Natalie Samarasinghe is Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK, where she has worked since 2006. She is the first woman to hold this role. She speaks and writes regularly on UN issues, and has edited specialist publications including the SAGE Major Work on the United Nations. She serves as a trustee or adviser to a number of NGOs, including Doc Society, the Sri Lanka Campaign and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Prior to joining UNA-UK she worked in local government. She has degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford and in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.
If America's First, Who Should Be

If America's First, Who Should Be Second?

To put America first, Mr Trump must put the UN second. Channeling the far-sighted leadership of UN founding father Franklin D. Roosevelt is the best way to make America great again.
28/03/2017 13:51 BST
Will The US Continue To

Will The US Continue To Lead?

On 8 November, it was announced that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. He will lead a country that was pivotal to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, and which remains crucial to its success today.
17/11/2016 15:59 GMT
2015: Time to Invest in Our Global

2015: Time to Invest in Our Global System

This time the world has institutions, practices and early-warning systems in place to encourage more far-sighted policy-making. Political leadership, however, remains trapped in national agendas, or smaller. Unless that changes, unless governments - and the publics to whom they are accountable - embrace the need to use and refresh those institutions, we will have learnt nothing from the previous, and finite, eras of peace.
29/06/2015 16:24 BST