UN declares Ebola a threat to peace and security

2014-09-18 22:28
Professor Adrian Hill, Director  of the trials for the experimental Ebola vaccine holds a vial of the vaccine in Oxford, England. (Steve Parsons, Pool, AP)

Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the trials for the experimental Ebola vaccine holds a vial of the vaccine in Oxford, England. (Steve Parsons, Pool, AP)

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New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a "threat to international peace and security" and called on all states to provide urgent resources and assistance to help tackle the crisis.

The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that also calls on states "to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries and undermine their efforts to respond."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the number of Ebola cases is doubling every three weeks and is calling for a 20-fold increase in aid totalling almost $1bn to tackle the virus's worst-ever outbreak over the next six months.

The UN chief told an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday that the ebola epidemic in West Africa "demands the attention of the world" and "unprecedented" action.

Ban announced that he is establishing a UN emergency mission to address the unprecedented challenge.

He thanked US President Barack Obama for sending 3 000 troops to provide expertise in training and engineering, read the names of about 20 other countries that have responded with contributions and urged all nations coming to the UN General Assembly ministerial meeting next week to follow suit.

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