UN launch effort to put Ebola-affected West Africa on path to recovery


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today focused world attention on the final stretch of the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, an epidemic that has killed more than 11,000 people, saying: let us collectively take a deep breath and resolve to finish the job and put the most affected countries on the path of recovery.

Your continued generosity will help the affected countries carry out their plans for recovery over the next two years, said Mr. Ban in his opening remarks at the International Conference on Ebola Recovery being held at UN Headquarters in New York.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, speaking on behalf of Guinea, Sierra Leone and her own country, those hardest hit by last year’s unprecedented outbreak, said that the funding gap for the three countries’ national recover plans and the regional Mano River Union plan is estimated at $7.2 billion, which includes $4 billion for the region as a whole.

There is no doubt that the resources required are significant, Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf said. We believe however that this can be achieved through existing bilateral and multilateral commitments supplemented by the allocation of additional resources.

Is this asking too much? she said. We say no because, a strong Mano River Union can be a formidable force for recovery and resilience in the sub-region; a productive, progressive and peaceful Mano River Union which would result from your support will attract private sector investment and capital in our natural resource with ensuring sustainability in our effort and positive impact on regional stability and world trade, she said.