U.N. Secretary-General Ban to gather world leaders to discuss Ebola response

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene world leaders at the upcoming General Assembly in New York City to highlight the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The U.N. said that Ban already made a series of calls to key countries and organizations to urge more support for the response to the outbreak. The secretary-general also spoke with President Barack Obama on Monday about his intentions to gather leaders and stress the need to scale up international efforts to fight the outbreak.

Ban recently appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support Anthony Banbury as the deputy Ebola coordinator and operation crisis manager for the U.N. Banbury will work closely with David Nabarro, the senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola, and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan to coordinate the efforts of member states, NGOs and other stakeholders on the behalf of the U.N.

The WHO also said on Tuesday that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa topped 4,200, with thousands of more cases expected in Liberia over the next three weeks. The WHO said that although Ebola control measures appear to be working in places including Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the steps do not appear to be having an adequate impact in Liberia.