CaribWorldNews, UNITED NATIONS, NY, Tues. July 13, 2010: Guyanese-born Baroness and former Leader of the British House of Lords has been named to a top U.N. post.
Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve as under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief.
The appointment was blessed by the UK`s David Cameron.
Amoso will replace Sir John Holmes, the former British ambassador to Paris and will become the most senior British figure at the UN.
Amos, 56, currently the British high commissioner to Australia, became the first black woman to sit in the cabinet when she replaced Clare Short for a brief stint as international development secretary in 2003. She then served as leader of the House of Lords until 2007 when Gordon Brown nominated her as the EU`s special representative to the African Union.