Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Arab League and UN Special Representative for Syria
Baroness Valerie Amos and Lakhdar Brahimi are nominated for their efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria.
In the face of extremely complex conditions, Baroness Amos and Brahimi have been determined in their efforts to help the people of Syria and unite the international community behind strengthened diplomatic, security and humanitarian responses.
Brahimi has worked tirelessly to develop and coordinate international polices in order to end the conflict in Syria. He has worked skilfully as an international mediator to bring the parties together for peace talks. His push early in 2013 for follow-up on the previous year’s Geneva agreement led to the Geneva 2 talks, which remain the only framework for possible political and security agreements.
Baroness Amos has embodied and represented the determined and often dangerous work of the many UN agencies and other humanitarian groups committed to providing assistance on the ground to those in need. Her direct negotiations with the Syrian government helped realize an increase in the number of aid convoys entering Syria. Under her leadership, the combined funding received by the UN’s Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan and Syria Regional Refugee Response Plan reached 70 per cent of the 2013 appeal.
Both have used their roles to highlight vocally the continuing horrors of the conflict, the centrality of a political solution to end the violence and the dire need for an expanded international humanitarian response.