- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is saddened by the deaths and devastation caused by the mudslide and flooding in the town of Regent, Sierra Leone, and throughout Freetown.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Sierra Leone for the loss of life and destruction caused by this natural disaster.
Le Secrétaire général salue l'annonce faite par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé le 14 janvier de la fin de la transmission du virus Ebola au Libéria. Pour la première fois depuis que cette flambée dévastatrice a commencé, toutes les chaînes de transmission connues du virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest ont été rompues et aucun nouveau cas n'a été signalé depuis la fin novembre.
New York, 14 January 2016
The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the World Health Organization on 14 January marking the end of Ebola transmission in Liberia. For the first time since this devastating outbreak began, all known chains of transmission of Ebola in West Africa have been stopped and no new cases have been reported since the end of November.
SECRETARY-GENERAL PRESS RELEASE
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high-level event, Securing a Healthy Future: Resilient Health Systems to Fight Epidemics and Ensure Healthy Lives, in New York today:
New York/Geneva, 31 July 2015
As we continue to actively strive to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have reached an important milestone in the global Ebola response.
The report features the central achievements of the Fund, providing a detailed presentation of how it has supported the realization of each MCA across the three most affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Between 1 November 2014 and 28 May 2015, the Fund disbursed over US$128 million to close critical financing gaps in the Ebola response across these three countries.
Following are Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the General Assembly informal plenary on Ebola, in New York today:
Thank you for this chance to update you on our response to the Ebola outbreak. I bring a message of caution: The world has come together to address this outbreak, but our investments and sacrifices could be lost unless we complete the job.
Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé, aujourd’hui, la nomination de M. Peter Jan Graaff, des Pays-Bas, comme son Représentant spécial par intérim et Chef de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’action d’urgence contre l’Ebola (MINUAUCE). Dans son rôle de Représentant spécial par intérim, M. Graaff travaillera en étroite collaboration avec l’Envoyé spécial pour l’Ebola, M. David Nabarro, ainsi qu’avec les gouvernements de la région et les autres partenaires.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Special High-Level Event on Ebola at the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., today:
The overall purpose of this interim report is to update on progress of the UN Ebola Response MPTF since its inception in September 2014. The report will provide a summary of early achievements, describe how the UN Ebola Response MPTF is structured and governed, and give an accurate and current financial analysis, detailing Fund disbursements to date. It will present the benefits that this flexible and rapid finance mechanism has extended to the Ebola response. It will discuss the specific needs and gaps funded projects are meeting.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Bintou Keita of Guinea as Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). In her role as Ebola Crisis Manager Ms. Keita will work with the host Government and key stakeholders to ensure rapid and effective international emergency response to Ebola continues in Sierra Leone.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the round table on the Ebola outbreak, in Addis Ababa today:
Thank you for organizing this working lunch. This Ebola outbreak is the largest the world has ever known. More than 21,000 people have been infected. Some 8,500 have died. I saw the evidence myself when I visited Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali a few weeks ago. People’s lives and livelihoods have been devastated.
SECRETARY-GENERAL PRESS RELEASE
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki‑moon:
The Secretary-General is concerned by the recent restrictions put in place in several countries and localities applying to people who have travelled to the main Ebola-affected countries. He believes that these restrictions have put particular pressure on health-care workers and those who have been on the front line of the Ebola response.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the General Assembly on the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, in New York today:
I thank the General Assembly for convening on such short notice to address the Ebola outbreak at a time of busy preparations for the new session.
We are all aware of the immensity of the suffering in West Africa and the enormity of the challenge. This crisis demands the attention of the entire membership of the United Nations.
I would like to thank Ambassador Power and the United States for convening this Security Council session on the Ebola Virus Disease.
Only twice before has the Security Council met to discuss the security implications of a public health issue -- both times on the AIDS epidemic. Like those meetings, today’s session on the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is timely and clearly warranted.
The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today:
The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the announcement by the Cuban Government that it will be sending 165 medical personnel to Sierra Leone soon to assist in the response to Ebola.
Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de M. Anthony Banbury, des États-Unis, au poste de Coordonnateur adjoint du système des Nations Unies pour Ébola et Chef de la gestion de la crise, au Centre de gestion des crises des Nations Unies. Le 12 août dernier, le Secrétaire général avait nommé le Dr David Nabarro, Coordonnateur du système des Nations Unies pour Ébola.
New York, 12 August 2014
Good afternoon everyone. It is a great pleasure to see you. It has been about two weeks since I saw you last. The world continues to experience tumult and turmoil, with several crises occurring at the same time. I would like to say a few words about three of the emergencies.
First, the situation in Iraq.