International aid now critical to help Malians rebuild their lives, UN official says

After a period of brutal violence and economic collapse in Mali, access was now stable enough so that aid, if adequately funded, could help hundreds of thousands rebuild their lives, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today after a visit to the West African country.

Crisis in Mali disrupting schooling of 700,000 children – UNICEF

The education of some 700,000 children in Mali has been disrupted due to the violence in the country, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, adding that there is an urgent need to rebuild schools, train teachers and provide learning supplies.

UN provides vital training in mine clearance to Malian security forces

The United Nations is training and working with local Malian military and police to clear landmines and unexploded ordinance in the northern part of the country which pose dangers for local families and have already killed several troops.

Experts at UN forum adopt action plan to safeguard Mali's cultural heritage

International experts and decision-makers meeting at a United Nations forum in Paris today adopted an action plan to rehabilitate and safeguard Mali's cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks by Islamic extremists in recent months.

Mali: UN stresses need to assist displaced farmers before start of planting season

There is an urgent need to help displaced Malian farmers return to their lands before the start of the planting season in May, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, stressing that the communities’ resilience must be improved to ensure the agricultural sector’s safety.

Balance needed as international assistance to Mali ramps up – UN official

International efforts to help Mali emerge from its current crisis must be carefully balanced so that adequate security assistance is provided but, at the same time, Malians remain in charge and engaged in making progress on the political front, a top United Nations official said today.

UN peacekeeping mission in Mali increasingly possible, says top official

The head of United Nations peacekeeping today highlighted the role being played by “blue helmets” in a variety of hotspots worldwide, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, and told journalists that a UN mission in Mali looks increasingly likely.

At Brussels conference, UN stresses need for dual-track approach to stabilize Mali

Both military and political efforts are vital if Mali’s partners are to help the country emerge from its ongoing crisis, the United Nations political chief stressed today at a conference held in Brussels to discuss the latest situation in the West African nation.

Deputy UN chief outlines world body’s 2013 priorities to US supporters

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today highlighted peace and security, development and human rights at an annual event marking the 70th year of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA).

On Mali visit, UNESCO chief stresses need to rebuild, safeguard cultural heritage

On a visit to Mali with French President François Hollande, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored the need to help the authorities rebuild and safeguard the country's cultural heritage that has been damaged in recent violence.