Ban Appoints Advocate Stephen O’Brien As New U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief

Reuters: British lawmaker Stephen O’Brien named new U.N. aid chief
“British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday…” (Nichols, 3/9).

U.N. News Centre: Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian advocate to head up U.N. relief wing
“…In a statement, the secretary general’s spokesperson said that Mr. O’Brien brings extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and advocacy to the post, together with international leadership and management. Much of that, it noted, came in the coordination of collective action within the humanitarian community, notably in the fight against malaria and neglected tropical diseases, as well as in his significant contribution to the United Kingdom’s efforts to achieve the United Nations-endorsed target of contributing 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to official development assistance (ODA)…” (3/9).