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UNIFIL Fact sheet

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
Established: March 1978
Local time:
29 May 2024 - 04:38 EEST

Monitoring cessation of hostilities and helping ensure humanitarian access to civilian population

Originally, UNIFIL was created by the Security Council in March 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese Government in restoring its effective authority in the area. The mandate had to be adjusted twice, due to the developments in 1982 and 2000.



Following the July/August 2006 crisis, the Council enhanced the Force and decided that in addition to the original mandate, it would, among other things, monitor the cessation of hostilities; accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon; and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons.


Contributing countries

The top ten troop and police contributing countries to the mission are listed below. You can view a full list of countries contributing to all missions on the troop and police contributors page


To download the data in as a spreadsheet (CSV format), click anywhere on the chart first, then click on 'download' and select 'crosstabs'.


Method of financing: UNIFIL is funded through a separate account approved on an annual basis by the General Assembly. 

Approved budget: (07/2021–06/2022): $ 510,251,500 (A/RES/75/250B)

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