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Speaking At U.N. Special Meeting, Obama Calls On Member States To Increase Ebola Responses

News outlets report on a U.N. special meeting during which world leaders discussed the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa and U.S. President Barack Obama called on the international community to ramp up efforts to contain the disease.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. confronts deadly Ebola epidemic
“World leaders gathered at the United Nations heard dire warnings and desperate pleas for assistance Thursday as the deadly Ebola virus forced Sierra Leone to quarantine a million people. U.S. President Barack Obama led calls for a ramped up response to the growing West African outbreak, urging governments, businesses and international organizations to join the fight. The United Nations did win fresh pledges of support, and the Group of Seven nations announced it would keep open vital air and sea links with Ebola-hit countries in West Africa…” (Landry, 9/25).

Los Angeles Times: Ebola death toll rises to 2,900 as world leaders gather at U.N.
“…Faced with a caseload that is doubling every three weeks, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a ’20-fold surge in care, tracking, transport and equipment’ to get in front of the epidemic…” (Zavis, 9/25).

NPR: Promised Help To Fight Ebola Arriving At ‘Speed Of A Turtle’
“…The big question has been: How long will it take to turn these promises of aid into action on the ground? … [T]he president of Doctors Without Borders, Joanne Liu, said that rhetoric needs to be translated into actions. So far the promised surge in aid hasn’t happened, she says. ‘We still don’t have enough beds in isolation. We still do not have enough actors. … So, yes, everybody in their intentions are moving fast, but in the field we are moving at the speed of a turtle’…” (Kelemen, 9/26).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief to leaders: ‘The world can and must stop Ebola — now’
“… ‘The world can and must stop Ebola — now,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered at a special meeting held [Thursday] at the United Nations to speed up the global response to the outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security…” (9/25).

U.N. News Centre: As host of U.N. hub against Ebola, Ghana calls for cooperated efforts to halt outbreak
“We cannot afford to let fear keep us away, the President of Ghana [on Thursday] told the United Nations General Assembly, calling for a sustained, coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak of the Ebola virus which he calls a ‘disease of isolation’…” (9/25).

New York Times: Global Response to Ebola Is Too Slow, Obama Warns
“Seeking to speed the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama delivered a blunt warning on Thursday at a high-level United Nations meeting devoted to the health crisis: The world was doing too little and moving too slowly…” (Landler/Sengupta, 9/25).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Crisis: Obama Says World Falling Short in Response
“President Barack Obama criticized the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as falling short of what is needed to combat a crisis ‘spreading at alarming speed’…” (Lee/Sparshott, 9/25).

Washington Post: Obama: Ebola is ‘growing threat to regional and global security’
“…Citing new commitments from the United Nations last week, Obama said there had been progress. But after meeting with leaders from African nations at the U.N. General Assembly, the president cautioned that ‘we need to be honest with ourselves. It’s not enough’…” (Nakamura, 9/25).

Agence France-Presse: Obama says ‘not enough’ done to battle Ebola (9/25).
Daily Beast: Obama Warns U.N. of Looming Ebola ‘Catastrophe’ (Haglage, 9/25).
The Hill: Obama: ‘Everyone has to do more’ to stop Ebola (Sink, 9/25).
National Journal: Obama: Stopping Ebola ‘Must Be a Priority for the World’ (Novack, 9/25).
Politico: Obama tells United Nations that far greater response needed to Ebola (Levine, 9/25).
TIME: Obama Urges U.N. to Act Faster on Ebola Outbreak (Rogers, 9/25).
VOA News: Obama: Ebola Threat to ‘Regional, Global Security’ (9/25).

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