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.

UN warns of acute humanitarian needs in eastern Mali

The United Nations relief wing today warned of severe humanitarian needs in Gao in eastern Mali, including the need to rehabilitate the water supply and increase food assistance.

Successful peacekeeping operations require forward planning, strategic focus – UN official

While the Security Council determines the mandate and size of new United Nations peacekeeping missions, getting these operations up and running is a joint venture that takes many months and involves several actors. And it is no easy task.

UN expanding mine action work in Mali

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) today announced plans to expand its humanitarian activities in Mali, bolster preparations for full deployment of an African-led support mission and help displaced persons return safely to their homes following months of strife in the West African country.

UN chief appoints head of peacekeeping mission in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Albert Gerard Koenders of the Netherlands as the head of the recently approved United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali.

UN welcomes donors’ €3.25 billion pledge to help rebuild Mali

The United Nations today welcomed the international community’s pledge of €3.25 billion to support a recovery plan for Mali, which is emerging from a recent crisis that saw its northern territory overtaken by extremists and hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by conflict.

Ban pledges UN commitment to stable, prosperous Mali in message to Brussels meeting

The United Nations is committed to ensuring a stable and prosperous future for Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to a meeting in Brussels devoted to restoring the West African nation to the path of peace and security, good governance and long-term development.