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Fewer Reported Ebola Cases In West Africa Signals Turning Point In Epidemic, But Disease Not Yet Contained, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns Ebola epidemic ‘not yet contained’ “The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected West African nations, U.N. Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday…” (Lebhour, 1/29). Agence France-Presse: World’s largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak…

UNICEF Appeals For Record $3.1B To Help Children In Humanitarian Emergencies

Thomson Reuters Foundation: UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis “The U.N. Children’s Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a ‘new generation’ of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it…

Summit Attendees Consider U.N. Plan For Food Security In Latin America, Caribbean Region

U.N. News Centre: Caribbean and Latin American Summit take up U.N. agency anti-hunger plan “…FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva presented on Tuesday the new regional Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication by 2025 at summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) [taking place…

U.S. State Department Appoints Special Coordinator For Post-2015 Development Agenda

U.S. Department of State: Announcement of Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda “The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Pipa as Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Mr. Pipa will lead U.S. engagement and negotiations during the intergovernmental process at the United…

USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).

Questions Remain Whether WHO Reform Politically, Bureaucratically Feasible

Chatham House: Devil in the Detail for WHO’s Ebola Resolution Charles Clift, senior consulting fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, discusses the resolution recently passed by the WHO Executive Board. “…It is very much open to question whether a strategy which seeks to centralize the…