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Over US$3.4b Pledge for Ebola recovery effort

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 UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

(elbcradio.com/July 13, 2015)-The United Nations (UN) has pledged more than US$3.4b additional funds to help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone recover from the Ebola epidemic.

The money was raised over the weekend in pledges at a meeting convened by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Finance Ministers of the three worst-affected West African countries, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, had requested US$3.2-billion to support a strategy to get their countries to zero-infection for the next 24 months.

According to the Voice of America (VOA), the conference’s pledges, combined with earlier promised donations bring the total funds pledged to US$5.18-billion.

Some of the early pledges include US$495-million from the European Union (EU), and US$745-million from the African Development Bank (ADB).

The Islamic Development Bank pledged US$360-million while the United States and Great Britain have committed US$266-million and US$340, respectively.

The VOA quotes Head of the UN Development Program (UNDP), Helen Clark, as saying: “The conference went beyond financing “to forge new partnerships in support of recovery” between affected countries and donor partners.”

 


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