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Emergency Relief Coordinator

Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the
United Nations
Emblem of the United Nations
Valerie Amos
since 1 September 2010
Inaugural holder Jan Eliasson
1992
Formation General Assembly Resolution 46/182.[1]
December 1991
Website United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator is a high level position in the United Nations that heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The current holder is Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos of the United Kingdom, who took office on 1 September 2010, following her appointment by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

History

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator is a high level position in the United Nations that heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The post Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) was created by UN resolution on December 1991 to coordinate the efforts of the special representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General to complex, man-made emergencies and the tasks of the UN Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO), who handles natural disasters. Shortly thereafter the Secretary-General named the Emergency Relief Coordinator as one of the Under-Secretaries-General (USGs), specifically the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. The position is shared with the title of "Emergency Relief Coordinator", referring to coordination and aid management responsibilities within the UN system, and in the wider assistance community.

List of Under-Secretaries-General

# Name Nationality Office entered Office left
1 Jan Eliasson Sweden Sweden 1992 1994
2 Peter Hansen Denmark Denmark 1994 1996
3 Yasushi Akashi Japan Japan 1996 1998
4 Sérgio Vieira de Mello Brazil Brazil 1998 January 2001
5 Kenzo Oshima Japan Japan January 2001 June 2003
6 Jan Egeland Norway Norway June 2003 December 2006
7 John Holmes United Kingdom United Kingdom January 2007 September 2010
8 Valerie Amos United Kingdom United Kingdom September 2010[2] present

External links

  • List of ERCs, United Nations Library

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