In January 2021, he was appointed by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as Chair of the Independent Senior Advisory Panel on humanitarian deconfliction in Syria. The role will continue until May 2021.
In 2015, he was appointed by former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, as Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Within this position he chaired the humanitarian task force responsible for the safety and protection of Syrian civilians. He stepped down from this role on 1 December 2018.
From 2011 to 2013 Jan Egeland served as the European Director at Human Rights Watch. He was appointed Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Resolution from 2006 and 2008.
Prior to that, Jan Egeland was UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from 2003 to 2006. In that role he helped reform the global humanitarian response system and organized the international response to the Asian Tsunami, and crises from Darfur to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon.
In 2006, Time magazine named Jan Egeland one of the “100 people who shape our world.”
He served as Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs from 2007 to 2011. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Colombia from 1999 to 2001, where he led shuttle diplomacy efforts between armed groups and the government.
From 1992 to 1997, Jan Egeland served as State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also been Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross, and has held leading positions at Amnesty International.
Jan Egeland has 30 years of experience from international work with human rights, humanitarian crises and conflict resolution, and was among the initiators of the peace negotiations that led to the Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation in 1993.
Jan Egeland published 'A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity' in 2010. Get it here.
Watch Jan’s TEDx Talk on the politicization of humanitarian aid:
Gaza: A Hell on Earth
As the concrete dust settles in Gaza following the declared ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, it is easy to heave a sigh of relief and think that we are back to normal. But normal for Palestinians, without a political solution that allows for peaceful coexistence, is in reality just a hiatus until the next round of conflict.
G7 leaders know what needs to be done to prevent famines, but will they act?
Today’s G7 meeting is a potential gamechanger for preventing famine in crisis countries if world powers step up.
Darfur's return to war would spell disaster for Sudan
At least 125 people were brutally killed this month, when Arab and Masalit tribesmen fought running street battles in the Sudanese city of El Geneina. Rocket-propelled grenades hit a hospital and UN compound, and families who were already forced to flee their homes because of past fighting were pushed out of camps.