Mali: UN mission welcomes peaceful elections, stresses need to respect results

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has commended the West African country for the peaceful conduct of the first round of its presidential elections, which took place yesterday in an orderly manner.

Ahead of Mali’s presidential election, Ban stresses need for peaceful, credible polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Malians to cast their ballots in Sunday’s presidential election, a vital step to restoring constitutional order in the crisis-hit country, and to ensure that the polls are free and fair.

UNICEF and partners sound alarm on nutrition crisis in northern Mali

The humanitarian community is sounding the alarm on a nutrition crisis in Gao, in northern Mali, that is taking a toll on the most vulnerable and children under the age of five in particular, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

Ahead of polls, UN urges Mali officials to expedite electoral procedures for refugees

With the first round of Mali’s presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, the United Nations refugee agency is calling on Malian authorities to quickly make public voters’ lists and speed up distribution of electoral cards in neighbouring States for out-of-country voters.

Ban appoints deputy heads of UN Mali mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal as his new Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

From the Field: UN food relief agency struggles to cope with Mali’s ‘lean season’

Life is slowly returning to normal in parts of Mali, but with the thousands of people displaced and a pre-harvest lean season underway, the main priority right now for the United Nations food relief agency is to keep people from starving.

International assistance force for Mali transformed into UN peacekeeping mission

A new United Nations peacekeeping mission for insurgent-beset Mali was launched today as forces from a previous, African-led international force officially donned the blue berets that identify the operations of the world organization.