Pretoria, 29 October 2014 – Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and South Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today in Pretoria, South Africa, at the opening of the regional consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Humanitarian Summit.
“Humanitarian needs around the world are growing as a result of conflicts, natural disasters and other factors, said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in her remarks at the regional consultation, which South Africa co-hosted with Ethiopia.
“South Africa has the resources and capacity to be a key player in humanitarian assistance on the continent,” she added.
Concluding a two-day visit to South Africa, Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed that the humanitarian needs of people should be at the heart of humanitarian response efforts, and not just an afterthought. Continue reading