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Experienced official from Netherlands appointed Deputy UN Special Representative for Mali

25 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Koen Davidse, of the Netherlands, as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He will succeed Arnauld Akodjènou, of Benin, in September 2015.


Mali: two UN peacekeepers seriously injured in an explosion

22 August 2015 – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) today condemned the use of landmines or explosive ordnance, which gravely injured this morning two of its peacekeepers.


Mali: senior UN official urges sustained support for relief efforts amid ongoing crisis

14 August 2015 – Food insecurity in Mali will only grow if national parties fail to commit to peace and stability in the country, the United Nations relief official dealing with Africa’s Sahel region warned today as he urged the international community to remain engaged with the country’s urgent humanitarian needs.


Mali: UN alarmed at release of human rights abusers; warns de facto amnesty contrary to international law

11 August 2015 – The United Nations human rights office expressed deep concern over the reported release of detainees in Mali suspected of involvement in, or formally charged with, serious abuses, including war crimes, terrorist acts and gross human rights violations.


Mali: UN strongly condemns attack in Mopti region

07 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali have strongly condemned the attack that took place today in the town of Sevaré, in the Mopti region.


Ebola: UN emergency response mission winds down as WHO announces possible ‘game changer’ vaccine

31 July 2015 – Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to be highly effective and could be a “game changer.”


Amid surging violence in surrounding Northern Mali, Timbuktu heritage sites rebuilt – UN

20 July 2015 – The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) praised the people of Timbuktu for reconstructing cultural heritage sites destroyed by armed groups, saying “those who wanted to erase the legacy of the past have failed,” even as the UN refugee agency reported a surge of fighting in northern Mali that has forced hundreds of people across the border into Mauritania.