As the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock completes four years in office, he reflects on his time facing the world’s most critical humanitarian crises.
African countries like South Sudan , Northern Nigeria and Sub Saharan, Northern Ethiopia and some part of the Sahel are some of the burdensome countries. Issues such as conflict, climate change and diseases are some key factors which were of a great challenge to them. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, is passionate about his work.
Despite the current challenges, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, believes that over the long term, there have been major advances.
Globally, statistics of development in African records, estimates that the African continent is one of such continents in the world facing such huge crises. These issues reflect ins aspects such as sanitation, education, health, transportation, agriculture and communication.
When he accepted the offer to become the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, for four years ago, Mack Lowcock had hoped the need for aid globally was on the decline.
In an interview with Mark Lowcock, he narrated his story. He based on the factors he discovered in those countries.
“I think that a very dangerous mindset to allow yourself to fall into. We should always be striving to do better. This is because we owe that to the people whose lives we are trying to protect and improve”.
First, conflict prevention and resolution was a focus. Hence, there was the expansion of conflicts in many places. A failure to resolve long standing conflicts like Syria and Yemen and new ones too.
“Secondly, we’ve seen the growing impacts of climate change.”
“Thirdly, we’ve had disease outbreaks, not just the pandemic.”
“But of course, the pandemic has made a huge difference. Although its effects have not been through the week of the virus, there have been illnesses and deaths caused by the virus causes. Additionally, there has been huge impacts on the global economy, which has led to big increases in poverty.”
Further, he said he has been lucky that he has been blessed with an ability to pack his professional responsibilities and sustain his resilience and keep going.”
Moreover, he said, when he was born, majority of the people in the planet lived in the most extreme poverty. They were hungry most of the time. Many children died in infancy. People were unable to send their children to school.
Adding, there has been huge progress and those conditions prevail now. Besides, not just in more than 50 percent of people’s lives, but in about 10 percent.
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