News in Brief 12 March 2015 (PM)

12 Mar 2015

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IOM Ebola treatment unit in Grand Cape Mount, Liberia. UNMEER/Martine Perret

Bravery of Ebola responders praised by UN
The bravery of national and international responders in the fight against the Ebola disease has been praised by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Dr David Nabarro.
He called their sacrifice remarkable and said their selflessness and determination was making the difference in the fight against the deadly disease.
He made the comments while a healthcare worker from the United Kingdom who has caught the virus was flown home from Sierra Leone.
More than 10,000 people have now died from Ebola in the three worst affected countries in West Africa, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
World urged to join Syria #WhatDoesItTake humanitarian campaign
People around the world are being urged to join a social media campaign for Syria called #WhatDoesItTake.
The UN humanitarian office, OCHA is asking the world community to use the hashtag to express its frustrations about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.
The agency also wants to send what it calls “a message of solidarity” with the people of Syria to encourage them not to give up hope.
More than 220,000 people have been killed since the Syria crisis began in March 2011.

First woman appointed as head of UN civil aviation agency
And finally, the Montreal-based UN International Civil Aviation Organization, known as ICAO, has appointed a woman for the first time as Secretary-General of the organization.
Dr Fang Liu of China will serve a three-year term, beginning 1 August.
Dr Liu has been the Director of ICAO’s Bureau of Administration and Services since 2007.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations
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