From a speech given to Action for UN Renewal in the House of Commons

Thank you to Act-UN for allowing me to share some of my work on the United Nations. I would like to begin by paying tribute to all those people who work for the organisation in the field and who, as we sit here in comfort, are doing what they can to ease the suffering of the world’s peoples. These UN employees are often unsung and too often unsupported in what they are trying to do.

I think particularly tonight of UN peacekeepers working in missions that are hopelessly ill-equipped and understaffed – of those soldiers in the DRC who are in the midst of violence which the world ignores. And while Iraq takes your own time and attention many thousands continue to die in Darfur, in Sudan. This tragedy, which has been classified genocide, receives intermittent press coverage.