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Ebola Cases In Liberia Possibly Declining But Defenses Must Remain High, WHO Says

News outlets discuss how the number of Ebola cases is possibly declining in Liberia, but the trend does not necessarily signal a slowing of the epidemic, according to a WHO official. Agence France-Presse: Ebola cases slow in Liberia, but too soon to celebrate: WHO “The rate of new Ebola infections…

Global Response To Ebola Working But More Resources Needed, U.S. Envoy Says

Reuters: Global fight against Ebola grows but far from won, U.S. envoy says “U.S. envoy Samantha Power said she will return from West Africa to the United States and the United Nations on Thursday with a message of ‘hope and possibility’ that the global response to the Ebola outbreak is…

Eastern, Southern Africa Provide Lessons For Reforming Humanitarian Action; South Africa Can Serve As ‘Key Player,’ U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: South Africa poised to be key player in humanitarian assistance, says U.N. relief chief “Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and Southern Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said [Wednesday] in Pretoria, South Africa,…

Post-2015 Agenda Should Focus On Sustainable Development

Huffington Post: For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development Ulysses Smith, chair of the New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee “Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan’s East Side, it is time…

U.N.’s Ban Says World Must Stop Ebola ‘At Its Source’

U.N. News Centre: ‘The only way to stop Ebola is at its source’ — U.N. chief “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on Tuesday] urged countries that have imposed travel bans or closed their borders in response to the Ebola outbreak of the need to convey a sense of urgency without inciting panic,…

Almost 25M People In Sahel Experiencing Food Insecurity, OCHA Estimates

IRIN: Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel “Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)…”…

Calls For New Global Infectious Diseases Agency Gaining Ground, VOA Reports

VOA News: Does Ebola Reveal WHO Shortfalls? “As the Ebola outbreak rages in three West African countries — and raises fears abroad — some are questioning whether the World Health Organization is being stretched too thin. A proposal for a new global agency to deal strictly with infectious diseases is…

International Community Steps Up Efforts Against Ebola

Associated Press: International community ramps up Africa Ebola aid “…Accra, the capital of Ghana, has become the main staging area and headquarters for the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER. The establishment in September of what the U.N. describes as its first-ever emergency health mission comes as international…