Handy Makes Strong Case for Continued Importance of the UN

April 9, 2017

“The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!” That was what US President Donald Trump tweeted on December 26, 2016. “Not true,” said Simon P. Alain Handy during remarks at the School of Public Policy on March 29. He shared a list that the UN compiled in response to Trump’s tweet to demonstrate just 10 of the ways that the UN “makes a difference in the lives of millions every day.”

Handy is a policy analyst who has worked with the UN in Central African Republic and Cote D’Ivoire. He has held positions in prominent international organizations in New York, is a former visiting fellow and member of the Working Group on Disarmament at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (2009), and was Senior Executive Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University, spring 2011). The event at SPP is just one of many presentations he has made at leading research organizations and think tanks such as the Chatham House for International Affairs in London and the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa.