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Zuma calls for reform of UN Security Council

President Jacob Zuma reiterated his long standing call for the reform of the UN Security Council.

President Jacob Zuma is joined by Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa on 22 September 2014 at the African Heads of State/Government preparatory meeting for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. Picture: GCIS.

NEW YORK - President Jacob Zuma has called on the United Nations (UN) to reform the Security Council ahead of the organisation's 70th anniversary next year.

Zuma is one of more than 140 world leaders who've gathered in New York for the annual UN General Assembly.

In his speech yesterday, the president outlined the success South Africa had achieved regarding the millennium development goals.

He also reiterated his long standing call for the reform of the Security Council.

"The veto powers and the exclusion of regions such as Africa in the Security Council are some of the critical matters which cannot be ignored in the quest for transformation."

EBOLA

In the same speech, Zuma pledged resources and support from South Africa in the fight to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Zuma emphasised the importance of a global response to the epidemic.

"South Africa stands ready to continue to provide resources, whatever resources are at our disposal, to assist the people and governments of our sister countries. We add our voice in calling for more resources to be deployed."

Nearly 3,000 people have died from the virus in a number of West African countries.

It's feared the number of infections could skyrocket to more than a million by early next year unless efforts to deal with the outbreak are further bolstered.

Meanwhile, the head of a treatment centre in Liberia, the country worst-hit by Ebola, has urged survivors of the disease to donate their blood for use in treating infected patients.

Studies by the World Health Organisation suggest that transfusions from Ebola survivors might prevent or treat infection in others.

William Pooley, a British man who survived Ebola after being treated in London, flew to the United States this month to donate his blood to help another patient suffering from the haemorrhagic fever.