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Ban Announces Appointment Of 2 Senior UN Officials To Head Ebola Mission

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday announced the appointment of Dr David Nabarro of the United Kingdom as his Special Envoy for Ebola and Anthony Banbury as his Special Representative.

Banbury is also to head the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

These appointments follow the unanimous adoption of General Assembly resolution 69/1 on 19 September and the adoption of Security Council resolution 2177 on the Ebola outbreak.

They are made following close consultations with Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation.

The appointments were announced in a statement from Ban’s Spokesperson, Stephane DuJarric, in New York.

It stated that the in his vital role as special envoy for Ebola, Nabarro will provide strategic and policy direction for a greatly enhanced international response and will galvanize essential support for affected communities and countries.

Under Banbury’s leadership, UNMEER, the new mission, will provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure rapid, effective and coherent action necessary to stop the Ebola outbreak.

Nabarro and Banbury will work closely in support of the governments in the region, and other partners, in pursuit of these critical objectives.

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