Interpreting for peace

Andrew Brookes

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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2014
Location: Palais des Nations
Date: 19/09/2014

Andrew shares some anecdotes from his 26-year-long career as a United Nations interpreter. He reminds everyone that this profession also serves the cause of peace by transmitting messages and building bridges between people of different languages.

Tags: Central African Republic,  Dialogue,  Diversity,  Iraq,  Languages,  Nicaragua,  Translation/Interpetation

Andrew Brookes


Andrew is a retired United Nations interpreter. He studied Arabic and Persian at Cambridge University and lived and worked in Iran and Oman for many years before joining the UN as a translator. With the UN, he was based first in New York, then in Vienna, Nairobi and Geneva. Apart from many conferences, his work has taken him on peacekeeping missions to Nicaragua and Iraq, and on human rights missions to countries as different from each other as his own United Kingdom and the Central African Republic.