U.N. Security Council Declares Ebola Threatens International Security, Calls On Nations To Do More

News outlets report on the U.N. Security Council’s adoption of a historic resolution on Ebola.

Agence France-Presse: Security Council: Ebola threatens world peace
“The U.N. Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak a threat to world peace and called on countries to provide urgent aid to West Africa, the epicenter of the growing crisis…” (Landry, 9/18).

Associated Press: U.N. calls Ebola a threat to international peace
“…A resolution adopted unanimously by the U.N.’s most powerful body at an emergency meeting with an unprecedented 130 countries as co-sponsors reflected the rising global concern at the swiftly spreading Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It marked only the second time that the Security Council has addressed a public health emergency, the first being the HIV/AIDS pandemic…” (Lederer, 9/18).

New York Times: Security Council Unanimously Passes Ebola Resolution
“The United Nations Security Council, in a highly unusual move, on Thursday declared the Ebola crisis in West Africa to be a threat to international peace and security, unanimously passing a resolution that calls on countries worldwide to urgently send medical personnel and supplies to contain the outbreak…” (Sengupta, 9/18).

ScienceInsider: U.N. Security Council passes historic resolution to confront Ebola
“…Several speakers stressed that the epidemic is especially tragic because the three countries have made significant progress in their development in the past few years. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, who chaired [Thursday’s] meeting, noted that the resolution had 130 co-sponsors, more than any previous one in the history of the Security Council. Here are excerpts of speeches made by Power and others…” (Cohen, 9/18).

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