UN humanitarian, development chiefs to visit Niger for two-day visit

UN humanitarian, development chiefs to visit Niger for two-day visit
# 15 February 2012 04:31 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. UN Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark will travel to Niger for a two-day joint mission, the United Nations announced here on Tuesday, APA reports.

Amos and Clark will be in Niger from Feb. 16-17, said a media advisory released here by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"USG Amos and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark are scheduled to meet with (Niger’s) 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," said the media advisory.

The two will also discuss the need to better integrate humanitarian and development program to address the underlying causes of recurrent crises in the region, said the media advisory.

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

The media advisory added that Clark and Amos will also meet representatives of donors and aid agencies.
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