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.

A UN mission aims to stabilize situation in Mali

Hopes for resolving the ongoing political crisis in Mali have been raised with the establishment of a United Nations mission that is expected to take over from African troops in the country.

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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.

Political solution critical for Mali, says an independent expert on Africa

A political solution is crucial to end the crisis in Mali, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG), which is an independent organization committed to resolving conflicts around the world.

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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.