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UN Secretary-General supports SOAS initiative on the UN in WW2

19 January 2012
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A seminar held at Lancaster House on 18 January, 2012 celebrated the 70th anniversary of a crucial diplomatic initiative of WW2: the Declaration by twenty six United Nations on 1 January, 1942.

The event was organised by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and supported by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Historians. Speakers at the event included Dame Margaret Anstee, Bruce Clark, Sir Michael Howard, Sir Richard Jolly, Dr. Dan Plesch, Professor Sir Adam Roberts and Professor Thomas G. Weiss.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations wrote a special message to those attending the seminar, which was delivered by Dame Margaret Anstee, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Angola.

In the message, the Secretary-General commended the important meeting and cited five essential areas for collective action: sustainable development, prevention, building a more secure world, supporting countries in transition and empowering the world’s women and young people.  

Read the UN Secretary-General's full statement.

Listen to Dr Dan Plesch speaking to United Nations Radio about the anniversary.