Life and career
Greenstock was born in Harrow on the Hill, north-west London, the son of Ruth Margaret (née Logan) and John Wilfrid Greenstock. He was educated at Harrow School and at Worcester College, Oxford. He was an assistant master at Eton College from 1966 to 1969. Greenstock joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969 and served until 2004. He served in the British embassies in Washington DC, Paris, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
United Nations work
Greenstock was the United Kingdom Ambassador to the United Nations for five years, from 1998 to July 2003 where he attended over 150 meetings of the United Nations Security Council. From October 2001 to April 2003, he was Chairman of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee.
Iraq and aftermath
Greenstock left his position in Baghdad in March 2004, on a timing agreed with the UK government.
Greenstock wrote a book about his role in the Iraq war that was expected to be released in autumn 2005, but was withdrawn from publication at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Greenstock appeared on the Charlie Rose talk show on 14 May 2008 and explained some of the contents of his book. During the interview he stated categorically that British and American leaders had known since 1998 that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had no nuclear weapon capabilities or programs.
Since leaving the diplomatic service, Sir Jeremy has held numerous positions. He was the Director of the Ditchley Foundation until August 2010 and a Special Adviser to BP plc from July 2004 to June 2010. Currently he is the Chairman of the United Nations Association of the UK, as well as the Chairman of Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd. He is an advisor to the International Rescue Committee-UK and to the NGO Forward Thinking, and a non-executive director of De La Rue plc.
- United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report 3912. The situation in Georgia Report of the Secretary-General concerning the situation in Abkhazia S/PV/3912 page 7. Sir Jeremy Greenstock United Kingdom 30 July 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report 4793. The situation in Cote d'Ivoire S/PV/4793 page 2. Sir Jeremy Greenstock United Kingdom 25 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Speeches by ambassador whose name matches "greenstock"". undemocracy.com.
- United Nations Security Council Document 688. Report of the Security Council meeting to West Africa, 26 June-5 July 2003 S/2003/688 page 20. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Greenstock interview (minute 5)". Charlie Rose Show. 14 May 2008.
- "Iraq war legitimacy 'questionable' says ex-diplomat". BBC News (BBC). 27 November 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- "Diplomat urges UK to 'avoid' Iraq mistakes in future". BBC News (BBC). 15 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- Sir Jeremy Greenstock's Biography on the United Nations Association of the UK website
- UNA-UK website
- Greenstock statement in full, BBC, 17 March 2003
- Coalition 'misanalysed' Iraq mood, BBC, 26 March 2004
- Iraq 2004: What went wrong, BBC, 1 January 2005
- No 10 blocks envoy's book on Iraq, The Guardian, 17 July 2005
- FO accused of censoring insider book on Iraq war, The Guardian, 18 July 2005
- Ex-Blair envoy gives Iraq warning, BBC, 23 September 2005
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