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Allan Rock

Canada's Ambassador to the UN (2004-06)

Allan Rock distinguished himself as a champion of United Nations reform and as the voice of Canadians at the UN from 2004 to 2006. He solidified Canada’s role as a world leader at the 2005 World Summit, during which the UN first acknowledged its duty to act to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Human Security and International Affairs
Rock discusses the history-making acknowledgement by the UN that the international community has a duty to protect populations from crimes against humanity, and illustrates how Canada has taken a leadership role in this area.

Sustainable Development
Rock affirms the need for a strengthened partnership between health, environment and industry on a sustainable environmental health agenda for Canada.

Reforming the United Nations
Rock sets out his plan for UN reform to assess the relevance and effectiveness of its work and see how it can be improved. He focuses on implementing ethical standards, disciplined decision-making, and accountability in budgeting.

Conflict Negotiation and Resolution
Backed by his experience negotiating peaceful solutions for Northern Uganda, Haiti and Darfur, Rock outlines the key ingredients needed to successfully resolve conflict.

  • Allan has tremendous expertise in dealing with very complicated problems, and with matters that touch the human heart, and he will do that.

    - Harvey Strosberg
  • Allan Rock is one of the change agents at the UN today

    - Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General

Summary Profile

Allan Rock distinguished himself as a champion of United Nations reform and as the voice of Canadians at the UN from 2004 to 2006. He solidified Canada’s role as a world leader at the 2005 World Summit, during which the UN first acknowledged its duty to act to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.

Since retiring from civil service, Rock remains involved in international work with the UN and other organizations. He serves as the UN’s special advisor regarding children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka, and chairs the board of the Trust Fund for War-Affected Children in Northern Uganda.

Today, Rock is president and vice-chancellor of his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. Appointed in July 2008, he oversees the university’s academic affairs, general administration, and its teaching and support staffs.

Rock’s presentations are insightful and informative, setting out recommendations for improvement and encouraging audiences to take action in their organizations. He renews a sense of pride in Canada while challenging listeners to advance Canadian values on the national and international stages.

His areas of expertise reach beyond international relations and diplomacy. Organizations will learn from his experience in federal politics, where he managed high-profile portfolios such as industry, justice and health. And business groups can benefit from his work reforming the management of the UN, which recommended changes in the human resources, budgeting, and executive decision-making processes.

Allan Rock delivers stand-out presentations that promote understanding and action at home and abroad.