This Operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 1 (see below).
This Special Operation (SO) is established to continue the provision of safe and reliable air transport services to the humanitarian community in Mali, and in the region, for 2013.
Humanitarian Air Services in Mali started in March 2012 and were managed under the WFP/UNHAS Niger SO 200316. The initial plan was to operate from Niamey to northern Mali, but the change of the geopolitical situation in Mali and the closure of the north eastern part of the country necessitated the establishment of a separate UNHAS operational base in Bamako. From the 1st of January 2013, WFP/UNHAS Mali becomes a separate SO 200521 with its own management and structure.