New UN Mission on Ebola Established

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The United Nations has established and new agency known as United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

The establishment comes following UN Security Council meeting in New York which adopted a resolution to urgently and promptly respond to the Ebola crisis in four West African Countries including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The UN General Assembly having adopted the resolution on Monday, September 22 following the Security Council’s resolution, the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, “I have now established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).”

The mission, according to a dispatch from New York will be headquartered in Ghana to oversee Ebola activities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that are highly hit by the Ebola virus.

“I have issued instructions that UNMEER advance teams deploy to the mission headquarters in Ghana and to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by Monday, 22 September 2014,” Mr. Ban noted.

The mission will be responsible to provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure the rapid, carry out effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, to treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread to countries currently unaffected.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council of recent held an emergency meeting in New York where it came out with proposals to make a quick response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that are gravely affected.

The response to Ebola in West Africa is recorded in the UN history to be one issue that has gained more support.  During the discussion chaired by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, 130 persons gave support to the adoption of a response to Ebola in West Africa.

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