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Ebola Poses Test For U.N. SG Ban, New York Times Reports

New York Times: Ebola Presents Challenge, and an Opportunity, for U.N. Leader “Ban Ki-moon, in his seventh year as the secretary general of the United Nations, has a full plate of unsolved problems, from a widening war in Syria to conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan –…

Ebola Death Toll Reaches 2,630 Out Of 5,357 Cases, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that the number of Ebola cases is growing rapidly and the virus has killed roughly half of those infected. Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO “The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than…

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day Nationwide Lockdown Amid Hopes, Fears

News outlets report on the start of a three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone, as the nation attempts to educate residents about and contain the Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown “Sierra Leone on Friday launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the…

Gaps In Donor Commitments Hold Back Progress In Reaching MDGs, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: Gaps in commitments by developed countries hamper progress on MDGs — U.N. “Despite improvements in the lives of millions of people around the world, the United Nations today reported that persistent gaps between promises made and those delivered by developed countries are holding back greater progress on…

U.N. Warns Of Food Shortage For Syrians Due To Lack Of Funds

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warning on Thursday that it is running out of funds for food programs in Syria, potentially affecting nearly six million Syrians. Associated Press: U.N. warns of food shortages for Syrians “The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to…

Petition Urges U.N. To Keep R&D Central To Post-2015 Development Agenda

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Over 150 organizations and individuals urge U.N. to keep health R&D at the heart of the post-2015 agenda Marissa Chmiola, communications officer at GHTC, discusses a petition signed by more than 150 organizations and individuals and sent “to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Member States…