Monday, July 9, 2012

On July 9

On this day in ...
... 2010, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed to the post of U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos (left). Born in 1954 Guyana (the South America state then known as British Guiana) and educated in England, Amos was serving as the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Australia at the time of her appointment. She'd been the 1st black woman appointed to a British Cabinet and the 1st black Leader of the House of Lords. In such posts, she'd taken in discussions and negotiations respecting conflict and post-conflict matters in places such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. In her current position as the head of OCHA, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Amos is
'responsible for the oversight of all emergencies requiring United Nations humanitarian assistance.'

(Prior July 9 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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