The UN mission
On 25 April 2013, the United Nations Security Council gave the green light for MINUSMA – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. Around 10,200 uniformed personnel serve in the mission.
The mission's main tasks are supporting the interim government, stabilising the country and implementing a road map for maintaining peace. The UN forces also protect civilians and their human rights.
What we do
From January 2016, and ten months onwards, Norway contributes with a Hercules C-130J aircraft. The aircraft will transport supplies and personnel to the turbulent northern part of the country. The aircraft can also be used for transport missions to other UN operations in the region.
Norway also has four staff officers in different MINUSMA departments in Mali.
In addition to the UN, the EU also runs an operation in Mali, called EU Training Mission (EUTM). Norway has offered this operation up to ten instructors to educate and train Malian soldiers. The training of the Malian army is an important element in the European Union's effort to stabilise the Sahel region. The Norwegian instructors will be at EUTM's disposal from 2016.
From 2013 to November 2015, Norway had two officers at the MINUSMA headquarters in the capital Bamako, and 18 officers in the UN analysis unit ASIFU in Bamako. Norwegian military engineers also took part in building a Swedish camp in Mali.
The multinational analysis unit ASIFU gathers and analyses information from different sources. The unit creates an updated picture on the safety situation in Mali to support UN personnel in the country.
About the conflict
In the last years Mali, and especially Northern Mali, has been struggling with unrest. Corruption, hunger, climate changes and weak government institutions are just some of the reasons behind the unrest.
Different juntas and rebel groups have attacked the government on different occasions the last couple of years. In 2013, France decided to support the Malian government and won control over areas controlled by rebel groups. The UN mission is a continuation of the French operation.
Since 2013, Malian forces have largely managed to uphold the control. The UN forces support the local forces and the Malian authorities.