Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served as UN peacekeepers. Every day, they make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and every day they save lives. In places like the Central African Republic and South Sudan, our peacekeepers protect civilians against violent attacks and support the delivery of crucial humanitarian assistance.
I thank our troop- and police-contributing countries for their generosity, and pay tribute to all personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Peacekeeping is a unique force for good, with military and police personnel from over 120 countries serving together, alongside civilian colleagues. Our peacekeepers come from diverse cultures and speak different languages, but share a common purpose: the protection of vulnerable communities and the provision of support to countries struggling to move from conflict to peace.
We ask peacekeepers and their families to make great sacrifices. They serve at great personal risk and in harsh conditions.
Tragically some make the ultimate sacrifice - over 3,500 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
Watch and see how peacekeepers serve local communities around the world
Who contributes troops and police to peacekeeping?
Peacekeeping is a global partnership; it is the commitment of our Troop and Police Contributing Countries that allows peacekeeping to happen. The map below shows the countries who contribute. You can find out much more information, for example which missions they are deployed to in our data section.
Hover over the country you are interested in to see the number of peacekeepers they contribute.
How to use the map:
Hover over the map to see the tool box in the upper left corner.
1. To view a specific country, click on the magnifier icon on the top, type the country name, and then click on the square button next to the search box.
2. To zoom in/out the map, click on +/-.
3. To go back to the default view, click on the ‘house’ icon which is the third tool in the vertical tool box.
4. To move the map horizontally to view more of the map, click on the last icon ‘arrow’ in the tool box, and select the pan icon (second to the left) in the expanded menu.
Get to know the contributors
In the run up to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May annually, we are shining a spotlight on some of the countries that contribute uniformed peacekeepers to our operations.