The first cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa were identified in March 2014.
The UN system and other organizations had responded in a variety of ways. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the lead agency in the UN system for this matter.
WHO Ebola Virus Disease Website (archived content published during the Ebola outbreak in 2014-2015)
The UN's actions included the establishment of a mission and high level appointments to coordinate work on this matter:
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)
UNMEER, the first-ever UN emergency health mission, was established on 19 September 2014 and closed on 31 July 2015, having achieved its core objective of scaling up the response on the ground.
Timeline of the UN response:
Special Envoy on Ebola
Special Representative and Head of UNMEER
The UN Global Ebola Response provides an updated list of conferences, meetings and key events.
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From 1 August 2015, oversight of the UN system’s Ebola emergency response is led by the WHO, under the direct authority of the WHO Director-General.