Pupils hear of Peterhead woman’s life at the UN

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S4 Modern Studies pupils at Meldrum Academy enjoyed a special visit on Monday from UN researcher Dr Trudy Fraser, who gave a talk on her work at the United Nations.

Trudy, who is undertaking a post-doctoral role with the organisation in Tokyo, spoke about how the United Nations worked, including the role of the security council and the limits of sovereignty within United Nations theory.

She went on to describe how the structure of the UN, designed for dealing with inter-state antagonism, had yet to properly adapt to the challenges posed by terrorism and state oppression.

The academic - who is formerly from Peterhead - was invited to talk to the class by teacher Lynn Massie, herself a former resident of the town.

“The dream behind the United Nations is impressive, but the mechanisms haven’t been perfected,” said Trudy. “I’m an optimist though.”