We are delighted to announce that Baroness Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations, will join us in conversation at the Saïd Business School on 17 June 2014 as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series.
The conversation will cover the conflict in Syria; a situation proving to be the greatest humanitarian crisis we face in the world today. It is estimated that more than 9 million people need aid and protection inside Syria. The humanitarian consequences of the fighting are staggering. Over 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria, and another 2.5 million have fled across borders. The figures no longer have the power to shock. Well over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of people are living in areas that humanitarian actors have extreme difficulties to access, and more than 200,000 have lived under siege for many months. The regional repercussions of this crisis are great. Refugees are putting pressure on the availability of scarce social services in neighbouring countries, contributing to an increase in tensions with host communities.
About the Speaker: Valerie Amos is the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Ms. Amos brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position. She was most recently the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Australia. She has been a long time campaigner and advocate on human rights, social justice and equality issues. She is a former Secretary of State for International Development in the British Government and was also President of the Privy Council and Leader of the House of Lords. Born in Guyana, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Arts in cultural studies as well as honorary doctorates from eleven UK and one US University. She was awarded the order of the Volta by the Government of Ghana and has also been honoured by the Government of Benin. She was also recognised by the Smithsonian Museum for African Art for her work on the continent. Attending the event On each evening, please arrive at 17:00 for a prompt 17:30 start.