In this direct to camera TEDx Talk, the UN’s Dr David Nabarro explores the lessons learned from the recent Ebola outbreak. David Nabarro (from the United Kingdom) was appointed Senior UN Coordinator on Ebola on 12 August 2014. Subsequently he was appointed Special Envoy on Ebola on 23 September 2014, following the unanimous adoption of General Assembly resolution 69/1 on 19 September 2014, and the adoption of Security Council resolution 2177 (2014) on the Ebola outbreak.

Since September 2014 David Nabarro has served as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response. From 2005 to 2014 he was Senior Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza. From 2011 to 2015 he served as Coordinator of the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition and since 2009 he has been the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, a position he will continue to hold. He started his career in the United Kingdom National Health Service. He then worked in child health and nutrition programmes in Iraq, South Asia and East Africa. In 1990 he served as Chief Health and Population Adviser to the United Kingdom Overseas Development Administration, and in 1997 he became Director of Human Development in the Department for International Development. In 1999 he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead the Roll Back Malaria initiative, and was appointed Executice Director in 2001.

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