Security Council unanimously approves new UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

The Security Council today approved a 12,600-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to take over from the African-led mission in Mali on 1 July and authorized the blue helmets “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for the provision of humanitarian aid.

UN senior officials urge political focus in Mali efforts, while aid agencies flag budget gaps

The top United Nations political official today reiterated the importance of the political process in Mali at a high-level meeting with senior UN and Government officials, while UN aid agencies urged more funding to assist the hundreds of thousands of Malians driven from their homes.

Mali: UN food agency ‘urgently working’ to aid communities despite insecurity

The continuing conflict in Mali combined with the country’s impending “lean season” is threatening to aggravate hunger in the Sahelian nation, the United Nations food aid agency warned today, adding that it was “urgently working” with partner organizations to help affected families, particularly in the country’s North.

Mali: UN reaffirms support for African military force after deadly terrorist attack

The United Nations today reaffirmed its determination to back the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) after a terrorist suicide bombing killed three Chadian members of the force, which is helping national efforts to recover the northern Sahara region of the trouble-wracked country from insurgents.

Options for future UN involvement in resolving Mali crisis presented to Security Council

The United Nations political chief today stressed the need to tackle an array of political, governance and security challenges to help resolve the crisis in Mali, as he outlined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s options for a possible UN peace and security presence in the country, including the deployment of a UN stabilization mission.

Aid workers in Mali have vital emergency telecom equipment thanks to UN agency

The United Nations telecommunications agency has provided emergency satellite equipment to support humanitarian workers in Mali with voice and high-speed data access.

Mali: UN reports serious escalation of retaliatory violence by government troops

The recent military intervention in northern Mali has been followed by a serious escalation of retaliatory violence by Government soldiers who appeared to be targeting members of various ethnic groups perceived to be supportive of the armed groups, a senior United Nations official warned today.

Two out of three victims of leftover munitions in Mali are children, UN says

Two-thirds of the people killed or injured by leftover ammunition or explosive devices in central and northern Mali are children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said, warning that the risk will increase when more displaced families try to return home.

Reconciliation efforts urgently needed in Mali to address displacement – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today stressed that efforts to achieve reconciliation and combat impunity are needed to avoid long-term displacement in Mali, where hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted since fighting broke out over a year ago.

International aid now critical to help Malians rebuild their lives, UN official says

After a period of brutal violence and economic collapse in Mali, access was now stable enough so that aid, if adequately funded, could help hundreds of thousands rebuild their lives, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today after a visit to the West African country.