United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN Slates Int’l Conference On Ebola Recovery For July
MONROVIA, June 10 (LINA) - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced that he will convene an international Ebola recovery conference next month in New York.
The forum will seek to help mobilize needed resources “in the last mile of the response” against the Ebola outbreak and to start the affected West African countries on the path of early recovery.”
“All of your investments, all of the sacrifices and lives lost, and all of the risks that the relief workers took would be squandered if the outbreak recurs,” Ban cautioned in his recent remarks to an informal plenary of the UN General Assembly on the Organization’s Ebola response efforts.
“Next month, on July 10th, I will convene an international Ebola recovery conference” in New York,” the UN chief said.
“It will address these issues and help mobilize the resources needed to start early recovery” from the epidemic that has affected more than 27,000 people, killing over 11,000, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
“My appeal to you is clear: we are in the last mile of the response, but the job is not done,” the UN chief said. “We need you to persist in supporting the region in getting to a resilient zero cases and then beginning to recover.”
Also speaking at the meeting, the UN Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, noted “vast areas within each country have been free of Ebola for many weeks” and that the “green shoots of safe and early recovery have been planted and will contribute to the tapestry of trust and confidence so needed by societies.”
But also, warning against complacency, Dr. Nabarro said "everybody should be prepared in case the disease recurs and needs to be controlled especially in the coming twelve months."
Peter Graaff, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), briefed Member States, saying that experience in Liberia, which was declared free of Ebola transmission on 9 May, “demonstrates the last mile of response is hardest.”