13 Jul 2015
Following the encouraging pledges made by the international community at Friday’s International Ebola Recovery Conference to support Ebola-affected countries, UNDP will continue its work to combat the virus in a multitude of ways.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who convened the Conference, called on member States and civil society to “stay the course” and help the Ebola-affected countries get to zero, stay at zero and rebuild. In response, participating delegations pledged more than $3 billion in new contributions, bringing the total pledged to date to more than $5 billion.
“Ebola taught us all a major and fundamental lesson,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Development cannot strive and be sustained in situations of weak resilience of institutions and communities. The economy was growing strongly in the three countries before they were hit, and due to the persistence of deep structural vulnerabilities and fragilities, the socio-economic impacts of the crisis were devastating beyond measure.”
The United Nations Development Programme has been helping the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to combat the virus, from making sure that tens of thousands of emergency response workers received payment, to providing business training to help local economies get back on their feet. At the height of the epidemic, UNDP also worked with communities to identify new Ebola cases, trace virus contact sources, and educate people on how the disease was spread and how to avoid contracting it. UNDP also worked with segments of the population to fight stigma, reintegrate survivors and give support to their families.
During the course the two-day high-level event, the Secretary-General was joined by the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Secretary-General of the Mano River Union, the chair of the African Union, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and other high-ranking officials. Speakers shared words of support and outlined what was needed to achieve recovery in the three affected countries over the next two years.
“We have seen a very encouraging response today,” Helen Clark said at the end of Friday’s pledging session. “The preliminary figure for funds announced today amount to $3.4 billion, taking the total resources pledged for the recovery of the Ebola-affected countries to around five billion dollars. The whole spirit of optimism around the conference and the willingness of partners to see this as a long-term endeavor is hugely encouraging.”
For further information, contact:
Anjali Kwatra, United Nations Development Programme, New York
Phone: (+1) 212-906-6389
Summer Brennan, United Nations Development Programme, New York
Phone: (+1) 212-906-5698
For the latest statements and more information: https://ebolaresponse.un.org/recovery-conference.
Both days of the conference were broadcast on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org