Ending famine "completely achievable objective" says relief chief

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Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Ending famine is "completely achievable" and is one of the big challenges that the new UN relief chief is looking forward to tackling during his time in charge of the global body's humanitarian effort.

Mark Lowcock took over the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, at the beginning of September, having been the top civil servant at the United Kingdom's Department for International Development.

He said OCHA's job was to support and facilitate the UN's entire humanitarian response system to best serve millions of people in need around the world.

Mustapha Al-Gamal asked him why he wanted to take on the job of UN relief chief.

Duration: 3'47"

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