HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY FARHAN HAQ,
DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014
SECRETARY-GENERAL LAUDS U.S. SUPPORT IN FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA
- In a statement issued yesterday evening, the Secretary-General warmly welcomed the announcement by the United States Government to provide a range of measures to assist in the global response to Ebola Virus Disease.
- He called on the international community to be as bold and courageous in its response as those who are on the frontlines fighting this disease.
- He also stressed that Ebola is not just a health crisis. It has grave humanitarian, economic and social consequences that could spread far beyond the affected countries.
- The Secretary-General will outline the international action plan to contain this threat at the Security Council tomorrow.
- As for the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), they indicate 4,963 reported cases and 2,453 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- In Nigeria, there have been 21 cases and 8 deaths, and in Senegal, there has been one case, but as yet, no deaths or further suspected cases attributable to Ebola.
SOMALIA: U.N. OFFICIAL WELCOMES RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE IN KISMAYO
- The Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Fatiha Serour, today welcomed the start of a reconciliation conference in Kismayo. She called the conference a positive step towards consolidating peace in the region and furthering Somalia's state-building process.
- Ms. Serour urged all participants to create an environment that will allow for the development of resolutions that are inclusive and contribute to Somalia's wider peace process.
ABIODUM OLUREMI BASHUA OF NIGERIA APPOINTED DEPUTY OF JOINT AFRICN UNION-UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN DARFUR
- The Secretary-General and the African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma announced today the appointment of Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria as Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
- Mr. Bashua brings to the position a wealth of knowledge on the political context and operating environment in Darfur. He has served in UNAMID since August 2009 at various senior levels, including as Director of Political Affairs and most recently as Director of the Joint Support and Coordination Mechanism.
- Mr. Bashua has extensive experience in several United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa, including Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. He has also served as Secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
***The guest at the Noon Briefing was Paul Ladd, Head of Team and Lead Adviser on Post-2015 Bureau for Development Policy of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).