After its establishment in 1945, the retired Army Major was the second UN employee and served as principal advisor to five Secretaries-General
At the age of 101, Sir Brian Urquhart, the British diplomat who played a part in the formation of the United Nations, died. The second employee hired after the U.N. was Urquhart. Established in 1945, it served as a primary advisor to five U.N. During his 41-year career, Urquhart’s son, Thomas, reported that, according to The New York Times, he died Saturday at his home in Tyringham, Massachusetts, but did not give an exact cause. Born in Bridport, Dorset, after the outbreak of World War II, Urquhart entered the army, rising to the rank of major and taking part in preparing Operation Overlord’s airborne aspect.UN to deploy observers to track Libya’s widely disregarded cease-fireContinue readingAfter the war, he served as a British member of the preparatory commission setting up the UN system. “He led 13 peacekeeping operations at the United Nations, recruited 10,000 troops from 23 countries, and established peacekeeping as one of the key principles of the organization. UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres said, “As an assistant to Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, he helped define the scope of action of the United Nations in resolving armed conflict and other global challenges.
“And Sir Brian helped establish and then broadly deploy international peacekeeping as a close associate of Ralph Bunche, the renowned UN official and Nobel Peace Prize winner. “Urquhart joined the Ford Foundation after his retirement and wrote books and regular comments for the New York Review of Books and other publications. His books include an autobiography from 1987, A Life in Peace and War, and books on the leaders and operations of the United Nations. His wife, five daughters, a stepson, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive him. The Press Association and the Associated Press Association