UN approves Ebola mission funding| MENAFN.COM

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 05:20 GMT

UN approves Ebola mission funding

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) A UN committee that deals with administrative and budgetary affairs adopted today a resolution allocating funding for the newly established UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the Office of the Special Envoy on Ebola.

President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa said the Fifth Committee sent a strong message on its ability to effectively and expeditiously deliver on critical and pressing global issues.

The establishment of UNMEER is the first step in the global efforts to contain Ebola outbreak, which must be further strengthened by a wide range of actions and measures at all levels, highlighting efforts to mobilize required financial, medical and humanitarian assistance, he added in a statement.

Kutesa noted the quickness with which the Fifth Committee acted on UNMEER's budget, and strongly encouraged it to build on this momentum to develop greater trust among the membership and deliver on expected timeframes.

"The challenge will be to reconcile the need for the transparent, effective and efficient utilization of resources with demands for effective and expeditious delivery on the ground," he said.

At the Committee's first meeting on Friday, UN Secretary General's Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra, presented preliminary funding proposal requesting USD 49.9 million for the rest of the year. The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) endorsed that amount and recommended that the General Assembly approve it.

More than 6,500 people have been believed to be infected, and more than 3,300 have died since the latest outbreak of the disease was confirmed in March.

Recently, USD five million donation made by the state of Kuwait to the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat the spread of Ebola virus in West Africa.

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