The Lord Hannay of Chiswick
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
19 June 2001
|Born||28 September 1935|
Hannay was born in London and educated at Craigflower Preparatory School, Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1959, and was initially posted to positions in Tehran and Kabul. Starting in 1965 and continuing into the early 1970s, he was a representative of the British government in discussions which led to the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community in 1973.
He held various positions at the Foreign Office in London during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a minister at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, in 1984–1985, and was then promoted to ambassador and permanent representative to the European Economic Community from 1985 to 1990. After that posting he spent the next five years as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.
Whilst in his role as ambassador to the UN in 1994, Hannay was one of several who objected to the use of the term genocide in a Security Council draft resolution on the killings in Rwanda. The term was removed from the final resolution thus delaying UN action to prevent further bloodshed.
Hannay took on specialised roles such as United Nations Special Representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003 and was a member of the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, reporting to the Secretary-General in December 2004.
Honours and awards
He chaired the Board of United Nations Association UK from January 2006 to January 2011 and is now chair of the UN All-Party Parliamentary Group. He is currently a member of the Top Level Group for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation and a member of the Lords International Relations Committee.
David Hannay was married to Gillian Hannay who died in 2015. He has four sons (Richard, Philip, Jonathan and Alexander) and twelve grandchildren (Peter, Charlotte, Juliette, Edward, Robin, Manon, Gustavo, Harry, Sophie, Julian, Albert and Theodore).
- Cyprus: The Search for a Solution. London: I.B.Tauris, 2005. ISBN 9781850436652
- Britain's Quest for a Role: A Diplomatic Memoir from Europe to the UN. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013. ISBN 9781780760568
- Baron Hannay of Chiswick. International Who's Who. 2004. p. 686. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
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- "No. 53893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1994. p. 3.
- "No. 56253". The London Gazette. 22 June 2001. p. 7408..
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- "No. 56963". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2003. p. 5.
- Biography from the Birmingham University website
- Biography from the UK Parliament website
- Lords EU Select Committee on the UK Parliament website
- UNA-UK Biography on the UNA-UK website
- Interview with Lord Hannay of Chiswick & transcript, British Diplomatic Oral History Programme, Churchill College, Cambridge, 1999
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