Tackling the Mali crisis requires tackling deep-rooted political, social and development challenges: UNDP

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Over 412,000 people have been forced to flee northern Mali, while an estimated five million people have been affected by clashes between armed groups in the region. Photo: UNHCR/Y.Djigo

Addressing the crisis in Mali goes beyond removing the security threats. Rather, it will require tackling deep-rooted political, social and development challenges. That, according to a UN Development Programme (UNDP) message to a High-level Conference on Support and Development of Mali, held in Brussels on Wednesday.

The message, delivered by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan urged Mali's leaders to work together in the framework of an inclusive national dialogue with the common goals of re-establishing the legitimacy and full authority of the Malian State across its entire territory; provide security and basic services for the population; and ensure that Mali's territory is not used as a platform for the further emergence of extremism, terrorism and other threats to its neighbours and itself.

The message stressed that the upcoming establishment of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission demonstrates the commitment of the international community to help Mali lay the foundations for durable peace and security.

UNDP says it counts on its Malian partners to use this opportunity to promote a sustainable and inclusive political process that will lead to improved governance, including elections — for which resources need to be mobilized — national cohesion and reconciliation, and long-term development.

The message says that in considering Mali's challenges, it is important not to overlook immediate humanitarian needs, which are still considerable and require urgent attention.  It concludes with a call on the international community to also focus greater attention on resilience to economic and climatic shocks.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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