British MP O'Brien named UN humanitarian aid chief

9th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed British lawmaker Stephen O'Brien as the UN's top humanitarian aid official, a spokesman announced on Monday.

O'Brien will replace Valerie Amos who served as under-secretary for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief for the past four years, earning high praise for her commitment in one of the UN's most demanding posts.

"Mr O'Brien is expected to bring innovative and strategic ideas as a strong humanitarian advocate with more than 20 years of experience in international development and health care," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The British national will be tasked with leading a struggling relief effort in Syria along with major aid operations in South Sudan, Iraq, the Central African Republic and a dozen other trouble spots.

© 2015 AFP

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