EBOLA, persino Ban Ki-moon se ne accorge

Il segretario delle Nazioni Unite Ban Ki-moon ha scritto una lettera ai capi di Stato chiedendogli di fare qualcosa http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7999

 "The Ebola crisis has evolved into a complex emergency, with significant political, social, economic, humanitarian and security dimensions.  The suffering and spillover effects in the region and beyond demand the attention of the entire world.  Ebola matters to us all.

The outbreak is the largest the world has ever seen.  The number of cases is doubling every three weeks.  There will soon be more cases in Liberia alone than in the four-decade history of the disease.

In the three most affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the disease is destroying health systems.  More people are now dying in Liberia from treatable ailments and common medical conditions than from Ebola.

The virus is also taking an economic toll.  Inflation and food prices are rising. Transport and social services are being disrupted.  The situation is especially tragic given the remarkable strides that Liberia and Sierra Leone have made in putting conflict behind them."


This unprecedented situation requires unprecedented steps to save lives and safeguard peace security.  Therefore, I have decided to establish a UN emergency health mission, combining the World Health Organization’s strategic perspective with a very strong logistics and operational capability.

This international mission, to be known as the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER, will have five priorities: stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, ensuring essential services, preserving stability and preventing further outbreaks.


One week from today, we will gather at the highest level to mobilize political will to meet this extraordinary challenge.

We cannot afford delays.  The penalty for inaction is high. We need to race ahead of the outbreak -- and then turn and face it with all our energy and strength.

I count on the Security Council’s support and that of the General Assembly and all Member States in meeting this test.

Thank you.


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