UN Peacekeepers serve in some of the most difficult and dangerous situations around the globe. A lot can and does happen in a single year in the world of UN Peacekeeping.

UN Peacekeepers serve in some of the most difficult and dangerous situations around the globe. A lot can and does happen in a single year in the world of UN Peacekeeping.

From sending a military observer team to Syria, to protecting civilians at risk in the eastern DR Congo, to the closing of our mission in Timor-Leste, 2012 has been both challenging and rewarding for the men and women of UN Peacekeeping and the communities they serve.

Peacekeeping has proven to be one of the most effective tools available to the UN to assist host countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. 

Peacekeeping has unique strengths, including legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy and sustain troops and police from around the globe, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to advance multidimensional mandates.

UN Peacekeepers provide security and the political and peacebuilding support to help countries make the difficult, early transition from conflict to peace.

Peacekeeping is flexible and over the past two decades has been deployed in many configurations. There are currently 15 UN peace operations deployed on four continents.

Today`s multidimensional peacekeeping operations are called upon not only to maintain peace and security, but also to facilitate the political process, protect civilians, assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; support the organization of elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law.

Success is never guaranteed, because UN Peacekeeping almost by definition goes to the most physically and politically difficult environments. However, we have built up a demonstrable record of success over our 60 years of existence, including winning the Nobel Peace Prize.