United Nations’ Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs delivers Roscoe Lecture
Baroness Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations, delivers one of Liverpool John Moores University’s popular Roscoe lectures on Thursday 16 October.
The lecture, which takes place at 4pm in the Britannia Adelphi Hotel, is entitled ‘The role of the United Nations in a world riven by conflict, poverty and hunger.’
Valerie Amos is 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. She was also previously the British High Commissioner to Australia.
Professor the Lord David Alton, Director of LJMU's Foundation for Citizenship which hosts the lecture series, said: “The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and Iraq; the displacement of millions of refugees; the casualties of war; the ravages of conflict, endemic global poverty, famine, starvation; and the consequences of totalitarianism and pandemics, are the staple fare of the United Nations' humanitarian agencies. The phenomenal and disturbing scale of the challenges facing the world at this time make Valerie Amos’ Roscoe Lecture all too topical. Later this month, on 24 October we will celebrate United Nations Day – the day on which the UN was founded in 1945. This Roscoe Lecture gives us the opportunity to hear how, nearly 70 years later, it is addressing these awesome challenges and fulfilling the hopes of the fifty nations which founded it."
This Roscoe Lecture also forms part of the University’s Black History Month events.