1970 to 1990

He had to relinquish his post on the change of government in 1970, but as in 1962 continued to work tirelessly – now once again for the United Nations itself. He was consultant to the UN Development Programme, and heavily involved once again in questions of development in Africa. He formally retired from the UN in 1975, but once again was frequently consulted and continued to advise as one of the UN’s elder statesmen. Lord Caradon died in Plymouth on 5th September 1990 - a public servant of great vision and integrity and a true citizen of the world.


In concluding his autobiography – A Start in Freedom - in 1963, he wrote in both gloom and hope. At a distance of almost fifty years his words have not aged:

“Whichever way we look we see old dangers and new failures and disappointments. The forces of conciliation and co-operation seem to falter while the forces of disruption and despotism flourish. The extent of the dangers is a measure of the need for new effort and for a new sense of urgency, and for new methods. Increasingly we must seek solutions not by old national means but by new international action. The dangers should surely intensify a determination to win freedom from racial discrimination and domination, to settle disputes before violence takes over, to make a new assault on the poverty of more than half the world and, for all these purposes, to support and strengthen the authority and the capacity of the United Nations. Few people will dispute that the dangers exist. The question is whether we understand and care enough to act while there is still time, and time is terribly short.”