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The Who’s Who of diplomacy and human rights

Today is Human Rights Day. This holiday commemorates when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), which invited all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Image by Ariana Milligan for OUP.
Image by Ariana Milligan for OUP.

There are countless individuals who’ve dedicated their lives to improving international affairs and a call for human rights for all people. Including information from the 2017 edition of Who’s Who, we’re examining the movers, shakers, dreamers, and policy makers striving to create effective governance structures, equality, and a better world for individuals of all origins, nationalities, and identities. Celebrate human rights by reading more about the most recent additions to Who’s Who UK, updated on 7 December 2016 with diplomats, advocates, policy-makers, and world changers.

Mary “Mo” Flynn: Chief Executive, Rehab Group, since 2015

Mary Flynn currently serves at the Chief Executive of Ireland’s Rehab Group. She began her career in 1982 as a social worker in Ireland. From that first job, she moved throughout different job titles in social services, hospice, and other social aspects of health. Mary Flynn’s dedication to improving social conditions speaks to the heart of Human Rights Day, as her work continues to make strides in improving the health and well being of countless individuals.

Joanne “Jo” Adamson: Deputy Head of EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York since 2016 

Jo Adamson’s educational prowess is evident in her time at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, and Girton College, Cambridge. Ambassador Adamson has served as UK Ambassador to Mali (2014-2016) and non-resident Ambassador to Niger (2015-2016). Her diplomatic work has included striving to lessen water-related tensions and conflict in order to manage effects of climate change, population growth and economic development on individuals and the environment. She began her career as a social worker and this tone is reflected in the work she has devoted her life to since 1981.

Image created by Ariana Milligan for OUP.

Kathryn Stone: Chief Legal Ombudsman 

Kathryn Stone was recently appointed Chief Ombudsman for the Legal Ombudsman. Before this position, Kathryn dedicated time to being the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland. Additionally, Kathryn spent 11 years as Chief Executive of Voice UK, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and vulnerable people within the criminal justice system.

Dr Carole Mary Crofts: Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2016 

Dr Carole Crofts has worked in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and within the realm of international affairs since 1987. Her career has spanned work in policy making and government. She previously held titles such as Second Secretary in Bonn & East Berlin to UK Trade & Investment’s Director for Energy, Transport & Construction. Most recently, Dr Crofts was appointed Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Featured image credit: Unisphere, May 25, 2009, Public Domain image via Flickr.

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