UN humanitarian chief to visit Brazil next week

UN relief emergency coordinator Valerie Amos will make a two-day visit to Brazil next week to chair an event in support of this year's global humanitarian appeal, the United Nations said Thursday.

Amos, a Briton who holds the title of UN under-secretary general for Humanitarian Affairs, will attend the Consolidated Appeal Process event in Brasilia on Tuesday, the Rio-based United Nations Information Center said.

UN agencies and other international aid groups have appealed for $10.5 billion to assist 57 million people affected by crises or emergencies in 24 countries.

In Brasilia, Amos also plans to push for greater Brazilian humanitarian assistance in scheduled talks with Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, Health Minister Alexandre Padilha and Defense Minister Celso Amorim.

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