A To-do List for Incoming UN Relief Chief Valerie Amos

Valerie Amos, U.N. undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. Photo by: Chermiah / CC BY ND ChermiahCC BY ND

Valerie Amos will assume her new post as United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in a few months. IRIN asked top officials of several international non-governmental groups to suggest what Amos’ priorities should be during her term.

Here is the NGOs’ to-do list for the incoming official:

- Advocate the independence of development and humanitarian action.- Fight for greater humanitarian access, especially in the world’s most vulnerable areas such as Darfur.- Continue improving the coordination of global humanitarian aid.- Advocate the protection of humanitarian aid workers.- Improve the leadership of the U.N. humanitarian system by hiring people with expansive experience in the emergency field.- Reorient the international response model to place local organizations in its center, with the support of the international community.- Lobby for increased attention to disaster preparedness and mitigation.- Advocate humanitarian concerns in the U.N. Security Council.- Implement necessary structural reforms at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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