Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference: Strengthening Multilateral Cooperation: The United Nations at 70. ~ Ottawa Sept. 25-26, 2015.
by Jacqueline Burgoyne, co-chair VOW Ontario Council
Douglas Roche’s New Book:
The United Nations in the 21st Century ~ Grappling with the world’s most challenging issues: Militarism, the Environment, Human Rights, Equality.
This past weekend, I attended the Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference: Strengthening Multilateral Cooperation: The United Nations at 70. I was truly honoured to be in attendance at this meeting, which included many prominent and distinguished organizers, speakers and attendees. Each speaker, moderator and panel guest was a true leader promoting the pursuit of Peace, Justice and Global Survival from a Canadian perspective.
During the meeting, I had the distinct honor of meeting Hon. Douglas Roche. Such a brilliant, incredible and inspiring human being and speaker, who has served and dedicated his career to peace and human security issues. Hon. Douglas Roche has made and continues to make major contributions to global peace, non-violence and disarmament, human rights and parliamentary democracy at home in Canada and abroad.
Mr. Roche is the author of 21 books and the most recent is The United Nations in the 21st Century ~ Grappling with the world’s most challenging issues: Militarism, the Environment, Human Rights, Equality. Douglas Roche, Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations.
Hon. Douglas Roche has an impressive summary of past and current roles: Senator (1998 – 2004), Member of Parliament (1972-1984), Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament (1984-1989), Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee (1988), Founding President, Parliamentarians for Global Action (1980-1984), International Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative (1998-2008), Former Chairman, Canadian Pugwash (1998-2003), Former President, United Nations Association in Canada (1983-1984), Chairman, Canadian Committee, Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations (1995), Former Chairman, Global Education Associates (1990-1996), Special Advisor on Disarmament and Security, Holy See Delegation to the UN General Assembly (1989-2008), Founding Editor and Western Catholic Reporter (1965-1972).
Douglas Roche spoke about Strengthening the United Nation’s Role in Conflict Prevention and Resolution and Canadian Responsibility. It was a truly inspiring and informative topic that included framework and clear suggestions to increase Canada’s participation in the U.N. and improve Canada’s Foreign Policy.
I was so honored to have met and spoke to Mr. Roche, though briefly, he is friendly, approachable and so easy to talk to. A true humanitarian and leader in peace and non-violence. I am looking forward to reading this NEW book !!