Edward Mortimer

Edward Mortimer is the author of The World That FDR Built (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1989). He was foreign affairs editor and writer for the Financial Times (1987-98) before becoming chief speechwriter and director of Communications at the Executive office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006). He is currently a consultant to The Elders.

The humanitarian challenges continue to be daunting, especially with the rising number of people displaced not only by conflict, but by a complex range of factors including climate change. Yet, whatever their criticisms, few see any body other than the United Nations capable of leading and coordinating the response.