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UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali

Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA

In central Mali, community fighting and impunity, ‘overwhelming’ efforts to protect civilians

Feeding an entrenched cycle of violence and reprisal, 580 civilians have been killed in Mali so far this year, as worsening security conditions and widespread impunity undermine efforts to protect people caught in intercommunal fighting, the UN Human Rights chief said on Friday. 

UN chief urges continued international support for Mali amid growing terrorist threat

The UN Secretary-General has stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali, as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles, including terrorism, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic

In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants.

News in Brief 9 January 2020

  • UN strongly condemns attack on Mali peacekeeping base
  • 2020 must be 'year of change' on refugee protection in Europe
  • UN envoy welcomes Russia-Turkey ceasefire call in Libya
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Climate change and conflict fuel Mali instability: senior UN aid official

During a visit to UN Headquarters in November, Mbaranga Gasarabwe, the UN Deputy Special Representative in Mali, explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the current situation in Mali is very different, and more difficult, than it was when she first started working there.

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Secretary-General condemns attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured.

UN chief urges scaled up response for peace, across troubled Sahel’s region

Humanitarian and development responses for Mali and Africa’s wider Sahel region “are falling short”, and support must be scaled up to ensure a hopeful future for its people, the Secretary-General told world leaders at a special high level meeting inside UN Headquarters on Wednesday.  

Political solutions ‘prerequisite to sustainable peace’, Lacroix tells Security Council

While peacekeeping is an “essential tool” for preventing conflict and reducing the risk of relapse, “political solutions are a prerequisite to sustainable peace”, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday.

Support Mali reconciliation efforts ‘in whatever way possible’, urges UN expert

Reconciliation initiatives in central Mali, to bring together local leaders and end ongoing violence, have been welcomed by the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, who said on Monday that they should be supported “in whatever way possible.”