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.

As Mali copes with recent floods, UN delivers relief supplies

The United Nations humanitarian wing has delivered more than 30 tons of relief supplies to authorities in Mali, where recent floods have left thousands of people homeless and raised the risk of waterborne diseases and malnutrition.

UN food agency increases Mali appeal to help an additional 175,000 children

In an effort to feed an additional 175,000 children in the hardest-hit parts of Mali and to avoid it slipping into a humanitarian crisis similar to neighbouring Niger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today increased its emergency appeal for the West African country to $13.6 million from $7.4 million.

'Spare change' is all that is needed to save hungry children in Niger, Mali – UN

While developed nations talk of billions of dollars of debt relief for Africa, little more than $7 million is all that is needed to tilt the balance from despair to hope for the most vulnerable victims, mostly children of the current food crisis in two of the world's poorest countries, Niger and Mali, a United Nations agency said today.

Mali given credit rating under UN development initiative

As part of a United Nations effort to place sub-Saharan African nations on the investor map and allow them access to international capital markets, thus spurring development and reducing poverty, Mali - one of the world's poorest countries - has been given a sovereign credit rating.