The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea are saddened by the death of Michael Williams, Baron Williams of Baglan. Michael was a committed humanitarian, an insightful and authoritative giant of international politics, and great friend of the APPG.
Michael began his career at Amnesty International before joining the BBC World Service as an editor in 1984. From there he moved to the United Nations where he was served in Cambodia as Deputy Director for Human Rights; in former Yugoslavia as Director for Information; Geneva as Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and New York as Director, Office for Children and Armed Conflict.
Between 2000 and 2005 he was Special Adviser to two Foreign Secretaries and then served as Under-Secretary General, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Michael was appointed to the House of Lords in October 2010 and joined the BBC Trust in December 2011.
Michael was a long-standing supporter and advocate for a BBC World Service for North Korea. We will greatly miss his friendship and passion for promoting freedom and knowledge across the world.