Global Response

The UN and the international community are coming together as never before to implement a robust and effective response to help the Governments and the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The United Nations

In identical letters dated 17 September to the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, the Secretary-General stated his intention to establish the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and set forth the Mission’s five objectives, six guiding principles and 12 mission critical actions deemed necessary to stop the outbreak in the affected countries and prevent its further spread. Those steps are estimated to cost almost $1 billion over the next six months.

On 18 September 2014, the Security Council determined that the outbreak is a "threat to international peace and security" and unanimously adopted Resolution 2177 which was co-sponsored by 134 Member States, the highest number of co-sponsors of any Security Council resolution and only the third time the Council has taken such action on a public health crisis.

On 19 September 2014, the General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 69/1 welcoming the Secertary-General's intention to establish UNMEER, and called on all Member States, relevant United Nations bodies and the United Nations system to provide their full support to the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

Immediately thereafter, the Secretary-General established UNMEER and deployed  advance teams to the mission headquarters in Accra, Ghana as well as to the most-affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to accelerate international and regional efforts to support national efforts.

On 23 September 2014 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of David Nabarro as his Special Envoy for Ebola and Anthony Banbury as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).