NEW YORK, 16 March 2021 – The United Nations has named Mauritanian-born diplomat El-Ghassim Wane  to head the peacekeeping process in Mali.

The announcement published Monday names him the UN Secretary‑General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

El-Ghassim Wane - Photo Elliott School of International Affairs

El-Ghassim Wane – Photo Elliott School of International Affairs

Annadif Khadir Mahamat Saleh - Photo UN News

Annadif Khadir Mahamat Saleh – Photo UN News

Wane is a former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (2016-2017) and a former diplomat at the African Union (2017-2019).

Recently, Wane was leading a team conducting an independent strategic review of the UN-led peacekeeping operation in South Sudan.

The Mauritanian national replaces former Chadian foreign minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

There has been an upsurge in deadly attacks against peacekeepers in Mali, including attacks last October and November in which dozens of peacekeepers were killed.

The UN Security Council continues to urge parties to the conflict in Mali to step up implementation of the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in the embattled country.

UN Peacekeepers Patrol in Central Mali - IPI Global Observatory

UN Peacekeepers Patrol in Central Mali – Photo IPI Global Observatory

In July 2020, Mali promulgated a law on national reconciliation and the law establishing the principles for the creation of a development zone in northern Mali.

The UN has also reported progress in the integration of former combatants into the national armed forces and in efforts to organize community rehabilitation to combat violence.

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