WFP resumes airlifts of emergency food in Mali

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that the airlift of emergency food had resumed in Mali, where an estimated 1.2 million people are in need of assistance.

Ban voices concern over arrests of public officials in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over a fresh wave of arrests of high-ranking public officials in Mali, at a time when numerous efforts are being undertaken to help the country overcome the various challenges it is facing.

Mali: UNESCO chief appeals for protection of Timbuktu’s documentary heritage

Reports that rebels have over-run and looted centres containing thousands of ancient books and documents in Mali’s historic city of Timbuktu has led the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to appeal to all relevant authorities to be on the alert against any attempt to traffic items stolen from these centres.

UN envoy speaks out against reported child soldier recruitment in northern Mali

The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today voiced grave concern over reports of recruitment of child soldiers by Tuareg rebels and Islamist militias in northern Mali, stressing that both groups have a responsibility to comply with their obligations under international law.

Senior UN official urges action to halt human rights abuses in Mali

The top United Nations human rights official today called for urgent national and international action to end the political instability that has been fuelling recent violence in Mali, while voicing alarm at continuing reports of serious rights violations, especially in rebel-held northern areas.

Senior UN official condemns ‘alarming’ reports of sexual violence in Mali

A senior United Nations official today strongly condemned the reported acts of sexual violence committed against Malian women and girls amid the renewed fighting in the north, and called on all parties to respect their obligations under human rights law.

Ban praises mediation efforts by West African regional bloc in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the continued efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate the restoration of constitutional order in Mali, and called on the country's military junta to immediately implement the accord it signed on Friday with the regional bloc.

Ban renews calls for immediate cessation of violence in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Security Council’s condemnation of the seizure of power in Mali by military rebels, and its renewed call for the restoration of constitutional rule in the country.

Security Council concerned over deteriorating humanitarian situation in Mali

The Security Council today expressed concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Mali, and called on all parties in the country to allow access to aid organizations to provide assistance to civilians in need.