UN top relief official Valerie Amos to step down

UN top relief official Valerie Amos to step down

Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:52PM GMT

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos will step down from her post, which includes overseeing relief efforts in Syria.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday without specifying any reason.

However, a UN official said Amos, who spent the past four years dealing with some of the worst humanitarian disasters in Syria and other troubled spots, felt like “it’s time to move on.”

UN deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, also noted that the top relief official will leave the post at the end of March 2015, when a successor is named by the UN chief.

“Ms. Amos has tirelessly advocated for people around the world affected by disaster and conflict,” Ban said, adding that her leadership and experience has “helped find solutions for people who are facing the worst experiences in their lives.”

Amos, a former British cabinet minister, was assigned to the post in August 2010. She has been quoted as saying that an estimated 12.2 million Syrians are in need of help due to the unrest in their country, which started just a year after she took the job.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict over the past more than three years.

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