UN Humanitarian and Development Chiefs, Valerie Amos and Helen Clark, to visit Niger, 16-18 February 2012

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 14 Feb 2012

WHO: Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme Administrator

WHAT: Mission to Niger

WHEN: 16-18 February 2012

United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, will travel to Niger for a two-day joint mission 16-17 February 2012.

USG Amos and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark are scheduled to meet with President Mahamadou Issoufu, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and other key Government officials to highlight the preparedness work and early action to address the food and nutrition crisis. They will also discuss the need to better integrate humanitarian and development programmes to address the underlying causes of recurrent crises in the region.

Valerie Amos and Helen Clark also plan to visit Tillaberi in the south-west of Niger, to see how resilience and humanitarian programmes are addressing the immediate food needs of people and also helping communities prepare for and cope with future crises.

Ms. Clark and Ms. Amos will also meet representatives of donors and aid agencies.
For further details of media opportunities during the trip, and to set up interviews with Ms. Amos and Ms. Clark, please contact:

OCHA:
Niger: Franck Kuwonu +227 96 00 94 96, kuwonu@un.org; Remi Dourlot, + 221 77 569 9653, dourlot@un.org; Geneva: Elisabeth Byrs, +4179 473 5126, byrs@un.org; New York: Amanda Pitt, +1 917 442 1810, pitta@un.org

UNDP:
Niger/New York: Christina LoNigro, +1 917 607 9446, + 227 91 20 8333,
Christina.lonigro@undp.org; Niger: Aly Adamou, +227 91 20 8313, aly.adamou@undp.org For more information, please visit:

www.undp.org / www.unocha.org

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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