Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers has been a UN civil servant representing Ireland for 22 years. He is the author, with Brian Urquhart, of Renewing the United Nations System, available from the Dag Hammarskjöd Foundation, 2 Ovre Slottsgaten, S-75220 Uppsala, Sweden. The opinions he expresses here are his alone.


Erskine Childers, 18 August 1994

Everything will be all right when people stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves.

Dag Hammarskjöld

Hammarskjöld was right: the UN was in his time, and still is, seen by many as a weird abstraction, and one now obscured by heavy layers of factual distortion after decades of editorial bashing in the West and...

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