UN agency to help Mali refugees participate in upcoming presidential elections

With only one month to go before the presidential elections take place in Mali, the United Nations is helping neighbouring countries deal with refugees who will be voting outside their home country.

Vital resources needed as UN prepares to deploy mission in Mali, Security Council told

As the United Nations prepares to take over from the African-led mission in Mali, top officials today called on Member States to contribute critical resources, including personnel and equipment, to ensure that the world body can support the country with key tasks such as implementing the recent ceasefire accord and preparing for next month’s elections.

Ceasefire accord ‘significant’ step towards stability in Mali, says UN’s Sahel envoy

The United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel today welcomed the signing of the ceasefire accord between the Government of Mali and Tuareg rebels, and called on the parties to remain committed to peace for the sake of the country and the region.

Mali: UN officials welcome accord between Government and Tuareg rebels

The United Nations envoy for Mali welcomed the signing today of an agreement between the Malian Government and Tuareg rebels that paves the way for inclusive peace talks as well as presidential elections next month.

Ban appoints Rwandan General as military chief of UN integrated Mali mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Jean Bosco Kazura as Force Commander for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Mali: Timbuktu’s cultural heritage more damaged than first estimated, UN agency says

Damage to Timbuktu’s cultural heritage due to fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels is more extensive than first estimated, a United Nations-led team said today following an assessment of the fabled city.