Keynote Speaker

WE are happy to announce Sir Richard Jolly as the keynote speaker for DurMUN 2020! Buy a ticket today and hear Sir Richard’s fascinating address during our Opening Ceremony on the 17th January 2020.

Sir Richard Jolly is an Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, where he was Director in the 1970s. He has been a Trustee of OXFAM, a Director of the Overseas Development Institute and Chairman of the UN Association of the United Kingdom and President of the British Association of Former UN Civil Servants. 

From 1982 to 1996, Richard Jolly was an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, serving as Deputy Executive Director responsible for UNICEF’s programmes worldwide. He was then until 2000 senior adviser to the Administrator of UNDP and coordinator of the widely-acclaimed Human Development Report. 

After leaving the UN he was with Tom Weiss and Louis Emmerij a co-director of the UN Intellectual History Project overseeing a multi-volume history of the UN’s contributions to ideas and policy in the economic and social arena, He was a co-author of several of the volumes and senior author of the final volume, UN Ideas That Changed the World. He has just published a book on UNICEF: Global Governance that Works. He was knighted by the Queen in 2001 for his services to international development.

In 1959, Richard Jolly was Secretary of the British Alpine Hannibal Expedition, which with the aid of Jumbo, an 11 year-old elephant, retraced the route which Hannibal took across the Alps in 218 BC. It is hoped that his participation in the 55th reunion expedition in 2014 will this will stir light-hearted memories of the original expedition