The first-ever UN emergency health mission, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) was set up in response to the unprecedented outbreak. The Mission is temporary and responds to immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola, which has been reported in more than 20,171 people and killed 7,890 as of 28 December 2014, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
2014 was a challenging year. Ukraine, Syria, and the Middle East faced ongoing turmoil, while the Ebola Crisis exploded into a global public health crisis and the UN launched its first health-focused mission. UN Peacekeepers continued their work despite facing severe challenges and loss throughout the year. Meanwhile, positive steps were made on climate action, the UN hero Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize and human rights issues were given significant attention.