President Obama and UN Chief speak ahead of General Assembly

9 Sep 2014

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Barack Obama, President of the United States. UN Photo/Mark Garten

US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a number of global issues by phone late on Monday.

Ban Ki-moon has recently been making a round of calls on Ebola to regional and global leaders.

Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, says that amongst other topics, Mr. Ban and President Obama discussed the need to urgently scale up international efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Secretary-General informed the President that he was planning to convene a high-level event during the General Assembly to highlight the needs and required response from governments, NGOs, the private sector, as well as academic institutions. The Secretary General welcomed the efforts to build a broad coalition to counter the threat posed by the extremists that have occupied large areas of Iraq and Syria. He thanked the President Obama for the US efforts to assist Iraqis in dire need of humanitarian assistance, especially in areas rendered inaccessible by the extremists. (0’32”)

Mr Dujarric added that Ban Ki-moon also welcomed President Obama’s initiative to chair a Security Council session on foreign terrorist fighters during this year’s session of the General Assembly.

The two leaders also discussed the importance of an effective monitoring mechanism for the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’21″

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