Peter Sutherland, a globetrotting Irishman who pulled off one of the biggest multilateral trade agreements, wielding an auctioneer’s gavel to secure the “Uruguay Round” in 1994, has died. He was 71.
曾奔走于全球各地的爱尔兰人彼得萨瑟兰（Peter Sutherland，文首图右）去世了，享年71岁。他曾促成世界最大的多边贸易协定之一，在1994年一锤定音，搞定了“乌拉圭回合”(Uruguay Round)。
In his role as head of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt), Sutherland persuaded 123 countries to agree new rules on agriculture and textiles, as well as services, intellectual property and a mechanism for resolving trade disputes. Mickey Kantor, then-US trade representative, dubbed the Irishman the father of globalisation long before the term acquired its current negative connotation.
Sutherland’s family said in a statement that he died in hospital in Dublin on Sunday. He had been ill for some time. Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s prime minister, paid tribute to Sutherland, saying he was “a statesman in every sense of the word; an Irishman, a committed European and a proud internationalist.” “Throughout his life, he was a champion for individual and economic freedoms,” Mr Varadkar said.
A former Irish attorney-general and Ireland’s commissioner in Brussels, Sutherland stepped down in 1995 as head of the World Trade Organization, the successor to Gatt, and used his contacts to launch a second career in business.
He chaired BP, the UK’s largest company, from 1997 to 2009 and headed Goldman Sachs International, the London-based global arm of the US investment bank, from 1995 to 2015. Sutherland professed to know little about business but saw his role more as a high level diplomatic fixer, using his knowledge of statecraft to help companies win deals and stay out of trouble.
他从1997年到2009年担任英国最大公司BP的董事长，从1995年到2015年领导美国投行高盛(Goldman Sachs)位于伦敦的国际业务高盛国际集团(Goldman Sachs International)。萨瑟兰自称不太懂生意之道，更多是担当高层次的外交斡旋者，运用自己的政治才智帮助企业赢得交易、避免卷入到麻烦之中。