UN Secretary-General Meets with President John Mahama in Accra

Accra, December 18, 2014 – The Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has met in Accra with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

UN Secretary-General with president Mahama

UN Secretary-General with president Mahama (photo credit: UN Photos)

The Secretary-General commended Ghana’s leadership in supporting the response to the current Ebola crisis. They shared views on the local, regional and global implications of the outbreak, both in terms of the tragic loss of lives and its broader social and economic consequences.

The Secretary-General also expressed appreciation for the effective and harmonized cooperation between the United Nations, ECOWAS and the African Union in working to stop Ebola.

The Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s commitment to rapidly bring the spread of Ebola under control and to support long term recovery of health and economic systems in the affected countries.

Mr. Ban is also traveling to Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone, the four countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak. He is touring these countries to see the international Ebola response for himself, show his solidarity with those affected and to urge even greater global action.

The headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is located in Accra.