Bexhill College students questioned Sir Richard Jolly, Honorary Professor and Research Associate at the University of Sussex, on Wednesday 16th November.
The 82-year-old shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with the students, most of which who study social sciences and economics. Speaking about his achievements during the time he directed projects with UNICEF, Sir Richard recalled being part of an effort to prevent children dying from smallpox and measles in 1983.
He said: “I still smile at night thinking about that. It cost $300,000,000 but smallpox was eradicated in 11 years.”
Sir Richard was asked by students about current and future challenges the organisation faces. He added:
“One of the toughest challenges for the UN is in countries like Syria where my old colleague is working as a Preventive Diplomat.”
He referred to the Sustainable Development Goals which he's written about in his books. They are a series of targets set out by the UN to deal with global issues and meet human needs.
For students wishing to work for the United Nations in the future Sir Richard said it may be more difficult joining as a British male as they make up a large majority of workers but they offer a rewarding work experience and internship programme.