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On September 20, 2016, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered an address to the UN General Assembly touching on a number of matters, including a commitment to provide a compensation package for the victims of the Haitian cholera outbreak tied to the UN’s actions there. According to commentary on the developments, this pledge is an about-face from the UN’s previous stance of refusing to provide compensation to the victims. Commentators have attributed the UN’s shift in policy to a report by the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and possibly a recent decision by the U.S.Second Circuit Court of Appeals on the UN’s liability in the matter that was still pending at the time the Secretary General spoke. The UN is not accepting liability for the matter, and the plaintiffs in the lawsuit still have three months to appeal the ruling—which held that the UN was immune from liability resulting from the outbreak—to the U.S. Supreme Court.