Through the global partnership that UIC fosters with the UN, and in connection with the association’s values of Unity, Solidarity and Universality, UIC wishes to convey a situation affecting numerous countries and Member networks.
Due to the exceptional nature of this epidemic and the urgent need to control the spread of the Ebola virus, UIC is asserting its full solidarity with the actions led by UN Global Compact. Here is its message:
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has caused over 2,000 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Transmission of the virus is intensifying in many affected areas, and the fatality rate of the current outbreak is estimated at between 60 and 70%. The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are increasing efforts to stop transmission of Ebola in West Africa and prevent further international spread of the virus. As part of a Global Response Strategy, greater international assistance will be critical to stopping the spread of Ebola. The global business community has an important role to play.
UN Global Compact participants wishing to support immediate relief efforts can make a financial contribution to the UN Central Emergencies Response Fund.
Make a financial contribution to the UN Central Emergencies Response Fund
In addition to encouraging financial support for relief efforts, the World Health Organization (WHO) stresses the importance of maintaining business continuity and economic activity in Ebola-affected countries. Airlines and shipping companies are urged to maintain transport links in affected countries to ensure continued flow of aid and medical resources and personnel. Isolating affected countries risks causing more harm and delaying efforts to stop the Ebola virus, rather than preventing its spread.
The UN Global Compact is working closely with the UN System Coordinator for Ebola Response and other partners to match the needs of UN organizations with the resources of the private sector. As relief efforts intensify in the days ahead, specific operational and in-kind needs will be shared with companies at business.un.org, the UN-Business partnership platform designed to connect UN needs with private sector resources and capacities, including in emergencies.
For more information on the Ebola response and how to help, please contact us.
Angus Rennie, UN-Business Partnerships, UN Global Compact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Olajobi Makinwa, Africa Representative, UN Global Compact: email@example.com