New York — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high-level Liberian delegation has arrived in New York, the United States of America to participate in an International Ebola Recovery Conference at the invitation of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The Conference is being held in partnership with the African Union, the African Development Bank, the European Union and the World Bank. According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian leader will join her colleagues, Guinean President, Dr. Alpha Condé and Sierra Leonean President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, three countries worse affected by the Ebola virus, at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, July 10, for a conference that will focus international attention on the need for targeted investments to support Ebola recovery priorities over a 24-month period. Such investments will consider the broader risk landscape that includes health, governance and peace building within the three countries and the Mano River sub-region.

The one-day high-level conference will also offer an opportunity to discuss detailed country-based and regional anti-Ebola strategies, and provide a platform to secure pledges of international support that can complement African Union-led efforts and help fill technical and resource gaps.

Before the high-level conference, on Thursday, July 9, there will be technical consultations aimed at presenting national Ebola recovery strategy documents for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as a regional Ebola recovery strategy document from the Mano River Union.

The outcomes include increased international support to the affected countries and region, with concrete financial commitments to support national and regional recovery strategies within a 24-month time frame.

According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian leader will join her colleagues, Guinean President, Dr. Alpha Condé and Sierra Leonean President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, three countries worse affected by the Ebola virus, at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, July 10, for a conference that will focus international attention on the need for targeted investments to support Ebola recovery priorities over a 24-month period.

Such investments will consider the broader risk landscape that includes health, governance and peace building within the three countries and the Mano River sub-region.

The one-day high-level conference will also offer an opportunity to discuss detailed country-based and regional anti-Ebola strategies, and provide a platform to secure pledges of international support that can complement African Union-led efforts and help fill technical and resource gaps.

President Sirleaf is expected to address the high-level conference to be presided over by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban.

Several high profile personalities expected to be in attendance at the International Ebola Recovery Conference include Ministers of the UN Member States, high-level representatives of the African Union, President of the UN General Assembly, Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, UNDP Administrator, Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, civil society organizations, among others.

President Sirleaf is accompanied by several government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Ngafuan; Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh; Minister of Information, Mr. Lewis Brown; and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Lenn Eugene Nagbe.

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