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The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Congratulates the Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien, MP (UK) for his Appointment as Head of UN OCHA

(March 9, 2015; United Nations, New York) The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership extends its congratulations to the Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien, MP (UK), for his selection as the next Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs at OCHA by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. O’Brien has a strong, long-standing interest in Africa, security and development. Since 2013, he has served as Global Advocate of the Roll back Malaria Partnership, working with parliamentarians and other elected officials in malaria endemic countries to help reinforce political commitment to accelerate progress against malaria.

Born in Tanzania, Mr. O’Brien has been a fervent champion of malaria and other development issues throughout his political career. He founded and chaired the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases for 6 years and served as Chairman of the Malaria Consortium for over 4 years until his appointment to the UK Government in 2010. Mr. O’Brien has also served as a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Employment and on the Education sub-Committee, and in 2012 he was appointed to be the Prime Minister's Envoy and Special Representative for the Sahel at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Mr. O’Brien’s commitment to development extends beyond his political appointments, and throughout his many extra-curricular and pro-bono engagements he has maintained a strong focus on health and poverty alleviation. As Global Advocate for the RBM Partnership, Mr. O’Brien visited parliamentarians and government leaders in countries from Nigeria to Australia, most recently participating in a field visit in Papua New Guinea. Together with Amina Mohammed he led discussions on the importance of ensuring a people-centered approach to deliver the SDGs alongside the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Mr. O’Brien is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and is actively engaged with a variety of other charitable organizations focusing on health and development

Mr. O’Brien served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 to September 2012 and previously worked in the private sector in the UK and Africa.

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