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.
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.
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.
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