A TOP United Nations official visited Durham City to speak at a conference.
Baroness Valerie Amos, head of the Office of Humanitarian Affairs at the UN, opened the three-day Breaking the Mould conference at Durham University’s Calman Learning Centre.
Baroness Amos addressed the delegates on new approaches to delivering aid to those in need worldwide.
Academics from South Africa, Sri Lanka and Mauritania in west Africa are due to speak about how aid is best given and what it should try to achieve.
Conference organiser Paul Ging said: “There are many examples of good practice, but there are also examples of exploitative and inappropriate interventions that those receiving aid have to endure.
“Among the many questions the conference will be asking is whether it is time for a shift in the manner in which aid can be delivered and who can be legitimately involved in such work.”
Delegates were given the chance to relax at the end of the first day with a drinks reception in Durham Castle and a tour of Durham Cathedral.