Mali stands at a crossroads. The building of lasting peace, the consolidation of a democratic State, and the economic and social development are but some of the challenges the country is facing today.
A United Nations stabilisation mission will take over from the decisive action of the international military operations, particularly France and the International Support Mission in Mali under African leadership (Misma). On the political front, the Malian authorities have adopted a roadmap for the transition aimed at establishing a full return to democracy and stability in the country. Elections are scheduled for the month of July. The challenges Mali is facing also weighs on the future of the region, the African continent and, on a wider level, the whole world.