UK’s top international humanitarian official, Mark Lowcock, announces departure

The UK’s highest international humanitarian official, Mark Lowcock, who held the position of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs at the UN and is in charge of the Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced he is standing down from his post in the coming months in order to spend more time with his family in the UK.

OCHA had an income of approximately US$280 million in 2019 and was responsible for programming US$1.5 billion in pooled donor funds in 2020.

Lowcock is the fourth Briton to have held the post in the last 14 years as a result of a controversial informal quota system within the UN, which allows certain countries to hang on to key posts. A successor has yet to announced.

News article - The New Humanitarian