As ICC trial opens, Malian extremist admits guilt to destroying historic sites in Timbuktu

An alleged Malian Islamist accused of destroying historical and religious monuments in the fabled city of Timbuktu pleaded guilty in the first-ever international war crimes trial focusing on destruction of cultural heritage, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on the opening day of the landmark case, which was welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mali: UN condemns attack on peacekeepers in Kidal

The United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Mali on a convoy of the UN mission in the country that resulted in the death of a peacekeeper.

FEATURE SERIES: Mali and the UN Peacebuilding Fund

“In the talk about peacebuilding and reconciliation, we sometimes forget that it’s about how local communities come back together,” said the United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, discussing the UN’s Peacebuilding Fund – which supports millions of people in 27 countries.