UN envoy speaks out against reported child soldier recruitment in northern Mali

The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today voiced grave concern over reports of recruitment of child soldiers by Tuareg rebels and Islamist militias in northern Mali, stressing that both groups have a responsibility to comply with their obligations under international law.

Senior UN official urges action to halt human rights abuses in Mali

The top United Nations human rights official today called for urgent national and international action to end the political instability that has been fuelling recent violence in Mali, while voicing alarm at continuing reports of serious rights violations, especially in rebel-held northern areas.

Senior UN official condemns ‘alarming’ reports of sexual violence in Mali

A senior United Nations official today strongly condemned the reported acts of sexual violence committed against Malian women and girls amid the renewed fighting in the north, and called on all parties to respect their obligations under human rights law.

Ban praises mediation efforts by West African regional bloc in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the continued efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate the restoration of constitutional order in Mali, and called on the country's military junta to immediately implement the accord it signed on Friday with the regional bloc.

Ban renews calls for immediate cessation of violence in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Security Council’s condemnation of the seizure of power in Mali by military rebels, and its renewed call for the restoration of constitutional rule in the country.

Security Council concerned over deteriorating humanitarian situation in Mali

The Security Council today expressed concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Mali, and called on all parties in the country to allow access to aid organizations to provide assistance to civilians in need.

UN refugee agency monitoring developments in Mali following armed rebellion

The United Nations refugee agency is monitoring developments in Mali following the announcement that parts of its military forces had taken control of the African country.

UN refugee agency steps up assistance to thousands uprooted by Mali conflict

The United Nations refugee agency is increasing its assistance to the tens of thousands of Malians who have been uprooted by the fighting between the army and Tuareg rebels, including providing shelter, clean water, and healthcare to camps in neighbouring countries.

Ban voices concern over outbreak of fighting in northern Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over the outbreak of fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebel groups in northern Mali, stressing that he was particularly troubled by the large-scale humanitarian consequences of the conflict.

Senior UN official lauds Mali’s development initiatives

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today concluded a visit to the West African nation of Mali, lauding the efforts the country was making as its strives to alleviate poverty and provide basic social services to the people.