Ahead of visit to region, UN refugee chief calls for more support for displaced Malians

A United Nations top official today urged the international community to boost its support for the hundreds of thousands of Malian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries due to recent violence.

Mali: UN calls for immediate action to avert humanitarian disaster

The United Nations today called for immediate action to tackle Mali’s current humanitarian crisis which is driven by food insecurity, malnutrition, population displacement and widespread insecurity.

Locust threat to croplands in Mali and Niger continues to grow, warns UN agency

The desert locust threat to Mali and Niger’s croplands continues to grow as swarms of the insects have arrived to the northern parts of both countries, the United Nations food agency warned today.

Operations to help displaced Malians threatened by low funding – UN refugee agency

The aid operation to support Malian refugees is threatened by a critically low level of funding, the UN refugee agency said today, adding that it and its partners are struggling to provide a basic level of humanitarian standards for the displaced.

UNICEF warns of increasing violence against children in northern Mali

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today voiced “grave concern” over the situation in northern Mali, warning of increasing evidence showing children being killed, injured or recruited into armed groups.

Mali: Security Council demands end to hostilities, open to considering force deployment

Condemning the forcible seizure of power in Mali earlier this year, the United Nations Security Council today demanded the immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities by rebel groups in the country’s north and indicated its willingness to consider the deployment of a stabilization force in the troubled West African country.

World Heritage Committee condemns destruction of Mali sites

The World Heritage Committee has condemned the destruction of sites in Mali – including in the fabled city of Timbuktu – and decided on measures to help the West African country protect its heritage, including the creation of a special fund to help it conserve its cultural heritage.

General Assembly President condemns attacks on Malian mausoleums

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today condemned the attacks which have damaged historic mausoleums in northern Mali.

Ban voices concern by worsening humanitarian situation in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern over the worsening security and humanitarian situation in northern Mali, and by reports that mausoleums in the ancient city of Timbuktu have been destroyed.