On her first visit to Berlin since taking up her new post, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos today (23 February) had a meeting with Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office.
Later Valerie Amos is due to present a study co-funded by the German Government on the safety of humanitarian aid workers in complex security environments. In this connection Markus Löning commented as follows:
“In recent years humanitarian aid workers have seen a dramatic rise in threats to their safety. I have huge respect for the great commitment they demonstrate in increasingly hazardous environments, in which their lives, too, are often at risk.
The German Government considers it a high priority to improve security for humanitarian aid workers and explore ways of delivering humanitarian aid also in difficult security environments. The new study will make a major contribution to this endeavour.”
Valerie Amos was appointed Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2010. In this capacity, she heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
OCHA is the moving force behind the new study “To Stay and Deliver. Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments”. Valerie Amos will present the study to the public this evening at an event hosted by the United Nations Association of Germany at the Representation of Land Schleswig-Holstein to the Federation.