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Sir Brian Edward Urquhart KCMG MBE (born 28 February 1919) is a British World War II veteran, author and international civil servant. He played a significant role in the founding of the United Nations, where he went on to serve as Under-Secretary General.
1.1 Early life
1.2 World War II
1.3 United Nations
2 See also
6 External links
Born and raised in Dorset, Urquhart was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford.
He is the son of the artist Murray McNeel Caird Urquhart (1880–1972), who abandoned his family in 1925 when Brian was six years old, and Bertha Rendall (1883–1984).
World War II
When World War II broke out, Urquhart joined the Army and, after a brief training period, was commissioned as an officer in The Dorset Regiment. The Battle of France ended before his unit could deploy to the Continent, and he and his men were part of the coastal defence forces in and around Dover during the Battle of Britain. He later transferred to the Airborne Division as an Intelligence Officer. In August 1942, he was severely injured in a training drop, damaging three vertebrae in his lower spine and breaking several bones. He spent months in the hospital, recovering and regaining his strength.
After his recovery, Urquhart served in North Africa and the Mediterranean, before returning to England to participate in the planning of airborne operations associated with Operation Overlord. In the autumn, as the 1st Airborne Corps Intelligence Officer, he assisted with the planning for Operation Market Garden, an ambitious airborne operation designed to seize the Dutch bridges over the rivers barring the Allied advance into northern Germany. He became convinced that the plan was critically flawed, and attempted to persuade his superiors to modify or abort their plans in light of crucial information obtained from aerial reconnaissance and the Dutch resistance. The episode was described by Cornelius Ryan in his book on "Market Garden", A Bridge Too Far. (In the film version, directed by Richard Attenborough, Urquhart's character was renamed "Major Fuller", to avoid confusion with a similarly named British General.) The subsequent failure of the operation and the heavy casualties that resulted vindicated Urquhart's judgment, but he became deeply depressed by his failure to persuade his superiors to halt the operation and requested a transfer out of the airborne forces.
After leaving the Airborne Division, he was transferred to T-Force, a unit responsible for searching for German scientists and military technology. Urquhart captured the German nuclear scientist Wilhelm Groth.
In 1945, Urquhart was one of the first allied personnel to enter the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Urquhart was a member of the British diplomatic staff involved in the setting-up of the United Nations in 1945, assisting the Executive Committee of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations in establishing the administrative framework of the organization that had been created by the U.N. Charter. He subsequently became an aide to Trygve Lie, the first Secretary-General of the United Nations. Urquhart helped handle the administrative and logistical challenges involved in getting the U.N. established in New York City. Not particularly well liked by Lie, Urquhart was subsequently moved to a minor U.N. administrative post. When Dag Hammarskjöld became the second Secretary-General in 1953, however, he appointed Urquhart as one of his main advisors. He loyally served by Hammarskjold's side until the latter's death in 1961, admiring him greatly in spite of admittedly never getting to know him very well on a personal level.
During the Suez Crisis of 1956, Urquhart played a critical role in creating what turned out to be the first major U.N. effort towards conflict resolution and peacekeeping. Urquhart, as the only major adviser of Hammarskjold's with military experience, took the lead in organizing the first U.N. peacekeeping force, which was designed to separate the Egyptian and Israeli forces then fighting each other in the Sinai Peninsula. To differentiate the peacekeepers from other soldiers, the U.N. wanted to have the soldiers wear blue berets. When it turned out that those would take six weeks to make, Urquhart proposed the characteristic blue helmets, which could be converted in a day by painting over regular ones.
In the early 1960s, Urquhart served as the main U.N. representative in the Congo, succeeding his friend Ralph Bunche. His efforts to stabilize the war-torn country were hampered by the chaos created by innumerable warring factions. At one point, Urquhart was abducted, brutally beaten, and threatened with death by undisciplined Katangese troops. He survived only by persuading his captors that his death would bring retribution by U.N. Gurkha troops, whom the Katangans greatly feared.
As Undersecretary-General, Urquhart's main functions were the direction of peacekeeping forces in the Middle East and Cyprus, and negotiations in these two areas; amongst others, his contributions also included work on the negotiations relating to a Namibia peace settlement, negotiations in Kashmir, Lebanon and work on peaceful uses for nuclear energy.
Alongside his autobiography, A Life in Peace and War (Urquhart 1987), his work with Erskine B Childers includes several books of methods which he believes would make the United Nations more effective. In Renewing the United Nations System, he recommended the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly through Article 22 of the United Nations Charter. His book Decolonization and World Peace (Urquhart 1989) is based on his 1988 Tom Slick world peace lectures that he gave at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. The appendices offer further insight into his views on the peacekeeping potential of the United Nations. Included are his remarks at the Nobel Prize banquet in Norway on the occasion of the award of the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces. He also wrote biographies of Dag Hammarskjöld and Ralph Bunche.
Sir Brian Urquhart Award, an annual award for Distinguished Service to the United Nations
Reflections on the United Nations: Interviews of Sir Brian Urquhart by Ms. Virginia Morris, Principal Legal Officer Codification Division, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
Urquhart, Brian (1987). A Life in Peace and War. Harper & Row. ISBN 9780060158408.
Urquhart, Brian (1 August 1989). Decolonization and World Peace. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71559-2.
Urquhart, Brian; Childers, Erskine (1990). A World in Need of Leadership: Tomorrow's United Nations. Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. ISBN 978-91-85214-16-7.
Urquhart, Brian; Childers, Erskine (1992). Towards a More Effective United Nations: Two Studies. Dag Hammerskjöld Foundation.
Urquhart, Brian (1993). Ralph Bunche: An American Life. W.W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-03527-8.
Childers, Erskine; Urquhart, Brian (1994). Renewing the United Nations System. Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
^ "Sir Brian Edward Urquhart". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
^ Urquhart, Brian (21 February 2013). "My Father Murray Urquhart". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
^ Urquhart 1987, p. 38
^ Urquhart 1987, pp. 55–56
^ Urquhart 1987, p. 75
^ Longden, Sean (2009). T-force: The Race for Nazi War Secrets, 1945. Constable. ISBN 978-1-84529-727-5.
^ Urquhart 1987, p. 125
^ de Volkskrant – Archief
^ Urquhart 1987, pp. 180–184
^ Charter of the United Nations.
^ "Renewing the United Nations System - A Summary". www.globalpolicy.org. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
Appearances on C-SPAN
Brian Urquhart on Charlie Rose
Brian Urquhart on IMDb
Works by or about Brian Urquhart in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
Column archive at The New York Review of Books
Brian Urquhart, "The Next Secretary-General: How to Fill a Job With No Description", Foreign Affairs, September/October 2006
The Visits of Sir Brian Urquhart
Conversation with Sir Brian Urquhart
Reflections on the United Nations, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law
In praise of ... Brian Urquhart. editorial, The Guardian, 25 May 2011
Preceded byRalph Bunche
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Special Political Affairs1971–1985
Succeeded byMarrack Goulding
BNF: cb123833601 (data)
ISNI: 0000 0001 0930 4922
WorldCat Identities: lccn-n84074429
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