Ebola’s devastation in three West African countries today compelled the United Nations (UN) Security Council to convene its first emergency meeting ever to discuss a public health crisis. It unanimously passed a resolution that declared the spread of the virus a “threat to international peace and security” and called on the world to send more healthcare workers and supplies to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and not to isolate those countries.
Several speakers stressed that the epidemic is especially tragic because the three countries have made significant progress in their development in the past few years.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, who chaired today's meeting, noted that the resolution had 130 co-sponsors, more than any previous one in the history of the Security Council.