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Ebola’s most affected countries lobby for funding for hospital infrastructure
By: Kingsley Ighobor
On 10 May 2015, a day after the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free, stern-faced health officials were holding marathon meetings in different rooms at the country’s health ministry. Their business-like mood contrasted with the celebratory atmosphere on the streets of the capital, Monrovia.
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
CONFÉRENCES DE PRESSE
La Représentante permanente du Nigéria auprès des Nations Unies, Mme Joy Ogwu, qui préside le Conseil de sécurité pour le mois d’août, a présenté à la presse, cet après-midi, au cours d’une conférence de presse au Siège de l’ONU à New York, le programme de travail mensuel de cet organe.
Ebola, security sector reform, and the role of regional organizations in addressing global challenges would be top priorities of the Security Council in August, said the Permanent Representative of Nigeria, President of the body for the month, at a Headquarters press conference today.
David Nabarro, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, gave an update on the Ebola Response and his fourth mission as Envoy to West Africa, during which he visited all four Ebola-affected countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali, and the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Accra. Dr. Nabarro said he was inspired by what he saw and heard during his visit. The issues being addressed in the region were enormously complex and difficult, and affected thousands of people.
Fadéla Chaib, for the World Health Organization (WHO), reminded the journalists about the press conference this afternoon at WHO Headquarters at 2 p.m. to discuss results of the meeting held on Thursday on the access to and funding for potential vaccines for Ebola. The Speaker would be Dr Marie-Paule Kieny. The transcript would be provided after the conference.
Setting out the range of situations to be addressed by the Security Council in October, the Permanent Representative of Argentina, whose delegation holds that body’s presidency for the month, this afternoon underlined the importance of making further progress on inclusiveness and transparency of the Council’s work.
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Invités du Point de presse, le 2 septembre, le Vice-Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, M. Jan Eliasson; la Directrice générale de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Dr Margaret Chan; et le Coordonnateur du système des Nations Unies sur l’épidémie d’Ébola en Afrique de l’Ouest, le Dr David Nabarro, ont fait le point sur la lutte contre l’épidémie causée par le virus Ébola.
Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s opening remarks for the meeting with Member States on Ebola, today, 2 September:
I welcome the Member States to this meeting on Ebola at such a short notice.
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Glenn Thomas, for World Health Organization (WHO), said a media advisory had been issued with information on a meeting taking place next week in Accra, Ghana on the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak. Mr. Thomas then introduced his colleague Dr Pierre Formenty, who could inform on the situation and the response to address the outbreak.
The Security Council would hold 15 open meetings this month — including debates on the situations in Afghanistan, Haiti and Kosovo — the Russian Federation’s top United Nations delegate said today, as he briefed the press at Headquarters on the work programme as his country assumed the Council’s rotating presidency.
“We are focused on concrete and urgent topics of the current international agenda,” Vitaly Churkin said, adding that the Council would also hold 17 closed consultations.
Women, peace and security, the rule of law, and the Middle East would be discussed in open debates this month at the Security Council, the Permanent Representative of Guatemala said this afternoon as he introduced the agenda for his October presidency of that body.
Forging greater ties between the United Nations and the League of Arab States to address Middle East turmoil and working closely with their new Joint Special Representative on the crisis in Syria would be among the top priorities of the Security Council in September, the Permanent Representative of Germany, whose delegation holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said today.
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As Greatest Challenge, Recommends Strengthening of Institutional Framework
RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 June — High-level officials of nearly every Member State meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, renewed their commitments to ensuring an “economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations”, as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — closed this afternoon.
Laying out the programme of work of the Security Council in May, under the first presidency of Azerbaijan, the country’s Permanent Representative this afternoon vowed to work to maintain unity among members for addressing the conflict in Syria and the many other complex situations the body was seized with.
“As President, I will do my best to keep unanimity and consensus approach to that kind of sensitive issue,” Agshin Mehdiyev told correspondents at Headquarters, saying that the presidency ushered in an “historic period” for his country.
Challenges and opportunities in North Africa and the Middle East and the situations in Somalia, Haiti and Afghanistan would be highlighted at the Security Council in March, the permanent representative of the United Kingdom, which holds the body’s rotating presidency for the month, told correspondents this afternoon.
While remaining seized of ongoing situations of concern in Libya, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and elsewhere, the Security Council planned to focus on preventive diplomacy when world leaders arrived for the opening of the upcoming General Assembly session, Nawaf Salam ( Lebanon), Council President for September, said at Headquarters today.
The United Nations peacebuilding architecture was bolstering its ability to help post-conflict nations avoid the all-too-common fate of relapsing into violence after the departure of peacekeeping missions, Peter Wittig (Germany), outgoing Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, said today.
"The challenge is huge," Mr. Wittig said during a Headquarters press conference, noting that half of all countries in that situation fell back into conflict within 10 years. However, the Commissionwas increasingly poised to put those nations on the path to sustainable peace and development, …
Highlights of Turkey's September presidency of the Security Council included a summit on the maintenance of peace and security, which expected to hear from Heads of State and Government, and a high-level review of cooperation in counter-terrorism, the country's Ambassador told journalists this afternoon.
The country's second Council presidency of its current tenure promised to be a challenging one, given the fact that there were one or more meetings every day except during the high-level opening of the General Assembly, Ambassador Ertu=F0rul Apakan said at a Headquarters …
Improving resource mobilization, international cooperation, and national ownership were the main priorities of the upcoming five-year review of the Peacebuilding Commission, its Chairman said this afternoon.
"Of course, the litmus test of peacebuilding is whether the situation on the ground, in the field, improves," German Ambassador Peter Wittig told correspondents at Headquarters upon his return from the first global meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, held in Dili, Timor-Leste.