Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian advocate to head up UN relief wing
On 9 March 2015, UnitedNations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Stephen O’Brien of the United Kingdom as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.
Mr. O’Brien succeeds Valerie Amos, also of the United Kingdom, and the Secretary-General expressed his utmost gratitude to Ms. Amos for her outstanding services to the United Nations and the humanitarian community, having tirelessly advocated for the world’s people in greatest need. 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.
Mr. O’Brien, a qualified and formerly practising solicitor, holds a degree in Law from Cambridge University.