Since Nepal’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has worked relentlessly to provide relief and aid to the affected areas. To better understand OCHA’s on-the-ground response, the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) recently talked with Lena Siedentopp, a student in the Master of Science in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security programme at UNU in Bonn.
Ms. Siedentopp is currently doing an internship with OCHA in Geneva, and her primary study focus is disaster preparedness projects in the Middle East. In the wake of the disaster in Nepal, she was appointed as the focal point for OCHA’s Virtual On-site Operations Coordination Centre (VO) and has managed the VO throughout the duration of the disaster’s response.
To read the full interview with Ms. Siedentopp on OCHA’s continuing response to the Nepal earthquake and how her master’s programme has helped her prepare for this work, visit the UNU-EHS website.