Ebola Virus: A Test of Multilateralism
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa in the spring of 2014 set off a human tragedy that would take more than 11,000 lives, create worldwide fear and require the mobilization of a global response. Ebola was one of the most serious health challenges ever faced by the UN and growing humanitarian, developmental and security crisis. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon mobilized for action the whole UN System as the outbreak became a test of multilateralism’s effectiveness. The United Nations deployed its Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to deal with a global threat in solidarity with the affected countries.