UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The UN General Assembly will meet for an informal session on Dec. 3 in order to discuss the troubling situation in Haiti, where the cholera outbreak has left more than 1,000 people dead, Joseph Deiss, the president of the 65th General Assembly session, announced in a statement here on Friday.
The statement, issued here by the president's spokesman Jean Victor Nkolo, said: "On that occasion, United Nations Secretary- general Ban Ki-moon will brief the General Assembly on Haiti."
"The interactive session will also give member states an opportunity to take the floor," the spokesman said at a news conference here.
Haiti, which was devastated by a Jan. 12 earthquake, is now experiencing a cholera epidemic that as of Nov. 15 has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people and caused more than 18,000 hospitalizations.
The UN has launched an appeal for 160 million U.S. dollars to help combat the disease.
"In the meantime, the president of the General Assembly continues to closely follow developments and further urges member states to support the appeal recently launched by the United Nations," said Nkolo. "President Deiss calls on the institutions of the United Nations system and the entire international community to remain fully engaged in mobilizing the necessary assistance for Haiti."