Francis Blanchard

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The Hon. Francis Blanchard "former Director-General for the International Labor Organization (ILO) from 1973-1989. He joined the ILO in 1951 as deputy chief of the Manpower Division and in 1956, then Director-General David Morse appointed Mr. Blanchard Assistant Director-General.

"In 1964, Mr. Blanchard was given overall responsibility for the ILO's technical cooperation work, requiring close cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). During his tenure, the ILO resolutely worked in defense of human rights. He is credited with being instrumental in the emancipation of Poland from dictatorship. Under Mr. Blanchard's leadership, the ILO gave its full support to the legitimacy of the Solidarnosc Union. His Legacy interviews explore his meetings with Pope John-Paul and clandestine meetings with Lech Walesa when he used his diplomatic immunity status to go to Poland, behind the Iron Curtain.

"His pioneering efforts were the first in uniting the efforts of the World Bank and the IMF to actively devise strategies to overcome poverty. A diplomat "par excellence", he is also known as the guiding force in enhancing the ILO's reputation. He won back the United States membership (founding member of the ILO) at the beginning of the Reagan Administration, and in 1983 China returned to active membership in the ILO, making universality of the Organization a reality.

"He began his career as an international civil servant in 1947 when he joined the International Refugee Organization (IRO). He remained there until it ceased to function and he was actively associated with setting up two successor organizations, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration. In 1989, Mr. Blanchard retired from the ILO and currently resides in France." [1]

on his retirement as Director-General of the ILO, David Morse had been recruited as a tobacco lobbyist by Philip Morris's Andrew Whist. And when Francis Blanchard retired Morse persuaded him to join his Surrey & Morse law company and become another lobbyist for tobacco. They both were implicated in Geoff Bible's [[1]]"Boca Raton Action Plan".

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  1. The Hon. Francis Blanchard, Legacy Memory Bank, accessed August 14, 2007.
  2. Executive Council and Advisory Council, World Organisation Against Torture, accessed August 14, 2007.
  3. Boards, The European Institute, accessed August 14, 2007.