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Service and sacrifice

Peacekeepers serving under the UN flag work in difficult and dangerous environments, risking their lives to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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.

Secretary-General | 16 January 2018 
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


Service and Sacrifice: United Nations Peacekeeping


 


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.

 

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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.

Countries

 

Argentina

In April 2019, we thanked Argentina for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: Peacekeeping - A “great opportunity” to develop professionally and personally


A senior commander from Argentina, who has been deployed to the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, has said that serving the UN is a “great opportunity” to develop professionally and personally.

In numbers: Argentine peacekeepers deployment

Find out Argentina’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Bangladesh

In January 2019, we thanked Bangladesh for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News Feature: Bangladesh - three decades of service and sacrifice in UN peacekeeping



Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. The South Asian nation first deployed uniformed personnel to serve with the Organization in 1988 when they were deployed to help monitor the armistice between Iran and Iraq. Over the past three decades, the contributions of these brave men and women in the countries in which they serve have been immense.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

UN Radio: Interview with Major General Humayun of Bangladesh, Commander of the peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

 

It is "virtually impossible" to fully serve and protect civilians who rely on UN peacekeeping missions around the world without the participation of women within the ranks. That's the firm view of Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir of Bangladesh, Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, which goes by the acronym UNFICYP. The full interview can be listened to here.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Video: Bangladeshi peacekeepers deliver critical medical aid to remote communities

In numbers: Bangladeshi peacekeepers deploy to ten missions

 

Find out Bangladesh’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Benin

 

UN News features

Service and sacrifice - Beninese peacekeepers put their skills at the service of peace in Mali

Read the article in French

An interview with the Commander of the Beninese contingent deployed in Mali

[Audio interview in French only]

Major Akandal de Souza is the Commander of the Benin contingent at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

In an interview with UN Info, he explains that preparing these men and women for different types of scenarios allows them to better react to situations they may encounter.

He is very proud to be in Mali to be able to assist a sister country which is in difficulty. For him, being a Peacekeeper is the best way to serve all of humanity.

Audio credit:  UN Info / Florence Westergard
Audio duration: 13'39 "
Photo Credit: UN Info

In numbers: Beninese peacekeepers deploy to six missions

 

Burkina Faso

In April 2019, we thanked Burkina Faso for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Burkina Faso - a partner for peace in hot spots in Africa and elsewhere


Farewell ceremony in honour of six Burkinabe peacekeepers from MINUSMA who died during an ambush on the Goundam-Tombouctou axis, in Mali, in July 2015. 

UN news feature: Burkina Faso peacekeepers saving lives in Mali


This morning Burkinabe peacekeepers are getting ready for their daily tasks protecting civilians and United Nations personnel, installations and equipment in Timbuktu, north of Mali.  

UN Videos: A police peacekeeper from Burkina Faso empowers women in CAR

In numbers:  Burkinabe peacekeepers deploy to six missions

 

Find out Burkina Faso’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page


Cameroon

In January 2019, we thanked Cameroon for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News Feature: Meet Gladys Nkeh, a UN police officer in the Central African Republic



Gladys Ngwepekeum Nkeh is a United Nations police officer from Cameroon, one of some 12,870 uniformed personnel working with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. Earlier this year, the officer and her team went to a school – Ecole des 136 villas – in Bangui looking for a young girl who she found out from community leaders had been raped and became pregnant.

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

Video: A UN police officer from Cameroon empowers women & girls

 

 

In numbers: Cameroonian peacekeepers deploy to five missions


 

Find out Cameroon’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page.


Chad

In January 2019, we thanked Chad for their service and sacrifice

UN News Feature: Chadian peacekeepers on a UN mission for peace in Mali



As Tahir and his fellow Chadian peacekeepers set out on their daily patrol through the dusty streets of Kidal, in northern Mali, the question he faces is always the same – will he and his team return safely to the United Nations base?  The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, known by its French acronym MINUSMA, has become one of the most dangerous peace operations in the Organization's history. 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Video: Chadian peacekeeepers saving lives for peace

 


In numbers: Chadian peacekeepers deploy to three missions

 

Find out Chad’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page.

 

Côte d’Ivoire

 

UN News Features

Côte d'Ivoire - Thank You Peacekeepers

MINUSMA: to be a peacekeeper is to be a barrier between conflict and peace

[Audio interview in French only]

Major Kouassi Gbezike Romeo Descar is second in command of the Ivorian battalion in Timbuktu at MINUSMA, the United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali. His unit, made up of 650 men and women, strives to overcome threats on the ground.

Despite difficult times like the attack on a convoy of armored vehicles from their company based in Timbuktu, which resulted in the deaths of four Ivorian peacekeepers, for the Major, there are rewarding moments like seeing the work the blue helmets are doing to protect civilians in Mali.

For him, to be a blue helmet is the dream of any soldier whose role is to protect the people and create conditions for sustainable peace and security.

Interview by Florence Westergard of UN Info

 

In numbers: Ivorian peacekeepers deployed to five missions

 

 

Egypt

In April 2019, we thanked Egypt for their service and sacrifice

 

UN video:Egyptian Peacekeepers

UN news feature: Egypt’s service to UN peacekeeping over the decades

 


Egyptian peacekeepers with UNAMID distribute water and flour to the local population in Um Kadada (North Darfur) in September 2011.

In numbers:  Egyptian peacekeepers deploy to six missions

Find out Egypt’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Ethiopia

In April 2019, we thanked Ethiopia for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: Ethiopia: A leading contributor to UN peacekeeping efforts


From the early days of UN peacekeeping to some of today’s most vital operations, Ethiopian men and women have played an important role in the Organization’s efforts to advance peace in the world’s hot spots. The country’s participation in UN-authorised operations dates back to 1951, as part of the UN multinational force in the Korean War.

UN video: Peacekeepers from Ethiopia protecting communities in South Sudan

In numbers:  Ethiopian peacekeepers deploy to four missions

 

Find out Ethiopia’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Germany

In May 2019, we thanked Germany for their service and sacrifice

 

UN Video: Thank you Germany - UN Peacekeeping Service & Sacrifice

In numbers: German peacekeepers deploy to seven missions

Find out Germany’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Ghana

In February 2019, we thanked Ghana for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: For Ghana, UN peacekeeping is a ‘noble opportunity to serve humanity’

Ghanaian men and women have served as United Nations peacekeepers since the early 1970s, participating in operations that stretched from the Sinai to the African continent. The West African Nations is now among the top  10 contributors to UN peacekeeping, with nearly 3,000 personnel serving on eight missions.

UN Photo story: Honouring Ghana’s service to UN peacekeeping

Ghana first deployed troops as part of a UN peacekeeping operation set up to help restore calm and order in the then Republic of Congo (ONUC). Pictured here are Ghanaian police on duty in Leopoldville in August  1960.

UN Video: Thank you Ghana - UN Peacekeeping Service & Sacrifice

In numbers: Ghanaian peacekeepers deploy to thirteen missions

Find out Ghana’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Guinea

In March 2019, we thanked Guinea for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: Service and Sacrifice - Guinean peacekeepers make their mark in Mali


As the sun rises over Mali’s vast desert, a group of 20 peacekeepers prepare their equipment and line up to receive instructions before heading out for their first patrol of the day on one of the most dangerous roads in the region.

UN Video: Thank you Guinea: UN Peacekeeping Service & Sacrifice

In numbers: Guinean peacekeepers deployment

Find out Guinea’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Guatemala

 

In numbers: Guatemalan peacekeepers deployed to seven missions

 

India

In July 2019, we thanked India for their service and sacrifice

 

UN video:Service and Sacrifice - Peacekeepers from India

UN news features: India and the UN: Celebrating 70 years of invaluable service to the cause of peace

From protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants and helping countries transition from conflict to peace, Indian men and women in uniform have served the cause of peace from the earliest years of United Nations peacekeeping and continue to do so in some of the most challenging missions.

India: A long and deep tradition of contributing to UN peacekeeping

India has a long tradition of sending women on UN peacekeeping missions. In 1960, women serving in the Indian Armed Forces Medical Services were interviewed by UN Radio before being deployed to the Republic of the Congo.

In numbers: Indian peacekeepers deploy to nine mission

 

Find out India’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Ireland

In April 2019, we thanked Ireland for their service and sacrifice

 

UN Video: Thank you Ireland - UN Peacekeeping Service & Sacrifice

UN Audio: Irish forces in Golan ‘well trained to deal with challenging situations’

Irish military personnel serving under the UN flag in the Golan have been “well trained to deal with challenging situations,” according to the head of the contingent there.

There are 130 Irish nationals, including seven women, currently deployed to the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF); a UN peacekeeping mission which was established in 1974 to monitor a ceasefire between Israel and Syria.

In numbers: Irish peacekeepers deploy to seven missions

Find out Ireland’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Italy

In March 2019, we thanked Italy for their service and sacrifice

 

UN video:Italian peacekeepers serving for peace in Lebanon

In numbers:  Italian peacekeepers deploy to four missions

 

Find out Italy's current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Kenya

In July 2019, we thanked Kenya for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Kenya: A key supporter of UN peace operations

A Kenyan police officer serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) stands at attention for the national anthem during an awards ceremony at Camp Clara, in Monrovia, in May 2014. 

In numbers: Kenyan peacekeepers deploy to six missions

 

Find out Kenya’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Malaysia

In March 2019, we thanked Malaysia for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature:  Service and Sacrifice - Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations

Peacekeepers from Malaysia serving under the United Nations flag in Lebanon face “a totally new experience” according to the commander of the Malaysian contingent in the country.

In numbers: Malaysian peacekeepers deploy to five missions

Find out Malaysia’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Malawi

In July 2019, we thanked Malawi for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Malawi: Serving in some of Africa’s most challenging locations

Malawi first contributed troops to UN peacekeeping in 1994. Today, it has over 900 uniformed personnel across several missions in Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (pictured).

UN video: Malawian peacekeepers serving in the DR Congo

In numbers: Malawian peacekeepers deploy to four missions

 

Find out Malawi’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Mauritania

 

 

UN News feature: Service & Sacrifice - Thank you Mauritania

 

In numbers: Maritanian peacekeepers deployed to five missions

 

Niger

In July 2019, we thanked Niger for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Partnering with the UN to help countries transition from conflict to peace

There are just over 1,000 uniformed personnel from Niger currently serving in UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti and Mali. 

Medical care to civilians is among the many contributions peacekeepers make in the communities where they are deployed. A medic from MINUSMA’s Nigerien contingent provides free medical care in Gao. (May 2014)

In numbers: Nigerien peacekeepers deploy to four missions

 

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Nigeria

In February 2019, we thanked Nigeria for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News Feature: Honouring Nigeria’s contribution to UN peacekeeping



Since the 1960s, Nigeria has been a major contributor of troops and police to United Nations peace operations, having served in dozens of missions. Most recently, Nigerian troops were the military backbone of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), from 2003-2018, helping to restore security throughout a country that had undergone a brutal civil war.

 

 

Video: Nigerian peacekeepers prepare to leave Liberia ahead of the closure of the UN Mission

In numbers: Nigerian peacekeepers deploy to eight missions

 

Find out Bangladesh’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Pakistan

In March 2019, we thanked Pakistan for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: Pakistan: One of the longest-serving and largest contributors to UN peacekeeping


Pakistan has a long history with UN peacekeeping, having been one of the largest contributors of troops and police for decades. 

UN Video:Pakistan's Peacekeepers Leave a Legacy of Peace in Liberia

In numbers:  Pakistani peacekeepers deploy to seven missions

 

Find out Pakistan’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Portugal

 

 

UN video: Portuguese Peacekeepers

UN News features: Portugal’s UN peacekeepers: serving the people of the Central African Republic

In numbers: Portuguese peacekeepers deploy to four missions

 

Republic of Korea

In May 2019, we thanked Republic of Korea for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Building a future for South Sudan

South Sudan, a country the size of France, has just over 200 kilometres of tarmac roads. In 2011, when South Sudan gained independence, it also inherited one of the worst transport infrastructures in the world. During the rainy season roads are often impassable.

 

In numbers: Korean peacekeepers deploy to six missions

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Senegal

In February 2019, we thanked Senegal for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: Peacekeeper Captain Mbaye Diagne died after saving hundreds of Rwandans from the genocide

                                                                                Captain Diagne, of Senegal risked his life time to save hundreds people during the genocide in Rwanda. The UN honoured his courage with the inaugural 'Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage.

 

 

Video: Widow and children of Captain Diagne share their stories

 

In numbers: Senegal provides over 3,000 military and police officers

Find out Senegal’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Serbia

 

UN News feature: Thank you Serbia - UN Peacekeeping Service & Sacrifice

 

 

In numbers: Serbian peacekeepers deploy to five missions

 

Slovakia

UN News Features 

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Slovakia, Thank you for your service and sacrifice

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Slovak Republic's contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping operations in Cyprus. Captain Mariana Korshukova is currently working there as a senior logistic officer to prove that women can get the work done like men.

 

Play the "big boots" of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

When Lieutenant Colonel Jean Heric took command of what is known as Sector 4 of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, UNFICYP, he realized he had "a big shoe to fill".

He soon learned that there were multiple layers involved in carrying out peacekeeping work in such a "broad international environment". But the Slovakian with the highest rank in the force did not start his career, with the goal of ending up leading a group of blue helmets of the United Nations. As a younger man, he was more interested in playing volleyball, he told Liz Scavidi of UN News.

Audio credit: Lise Schavedi, UN News
Audio duration: 6'26"
Photo Credit: UNFICYP

In numbers: Slovak peacekeepers deployed to two missions

 

 

 

Spain

UN News feature: Thank you Spain - UN Peacekeeping Service and Sacrifice

 

 

In numbers: Spanish peacekeepers deployed to four missions

 

Sweden

In March 2019, we thanked Sweden for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News feature: Swedish women take on tough UN peacekeeping missions


In 2018, 25 women were deployed to Mali in a battalion of 252 Swedish military personnel. Here a Swedish peacekeeper is on patrol in Timbuktu in the north of the West African country.

UN Video: Thank you Sweden - UN Peacekeeping Service & Sacrifice

In Numbers: Swedish peacekeepers deployment

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Tanzania

In March 2019, we thanked Tanzania for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Tanzania’s unwavering commitment to UN peacekeeping

                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
More than 2,600 Tanzanian military and police personnel currently serve in six UN operations, performing a range of vital tasks such as protecting civilians and community policing.  

 

 

In numbers:  Tanzanian peacekeepers deploy to six missions

Find out Tanzania's current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

 

Togo

In June 2019, we thanked Togo for their service and sacrifice

 

UN news feature: Small nation, big contribution: Togolese peacekeepers’ service and sacrifice vital to UN peace operations


A Togolese soldier during a daily patrol in Menaka, northern Mali. Regular patrols like this support MINUSMA’s efforts to protect civilians, as mandated by the Security Council.

UN audio: A Togolese Blue Helmet in the service of peace (In French)


A Togolese Blue Helmet in the service of peace


In numbers: Togolese peacekeepers deploy to seven missions

 

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Tunisia

In January 2019, we thanked Tunisia for their service and sacrifice

 

 

UN News Audio Feature: Interview with peacekeeper Khaled Karoui about his heroic action in the Central African Republic

                           Audio interview in Arabic with Tunisian peacekeeper Khaled Karoui about his service in the Central African Republic

In numbers: Tunisian peacekeepers deploy to three missions

 

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Uganda

In April 2019, we thanked Uganda for their service and sacrifice

 

UN News: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia

A contingent of 530 Ugandan “Blue Helmets” is playing a crucial role in the United Nations’ efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit,  that is tasked with protecting UN compounds in Mogadishu. 

In numbers: Ugandan peacekeepers deploy to four peace operations

Find out Uganda’s current contributions from Troop and Police Contributors page

United Kingdom

In February 2019, we thanked United Kingdom for their service and sacrifice

 

 

UN News Feature: British commander serves as role model for young women

 


Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom said she was happy to serve as a role model for young women considering a career with the armed forces. The mother of two was the only woman to head a military contingent at the UN Mission in South Sudan.

 

 

 

 

British Soldiers Receive Medals of Honour for Commitment and Service to The People of South Sudan

                          

                                                                                                                          

Making some sort of positive difference is what serving as a UN peacekeeper is all about, Lieutenant Nick Lytollis reckons.


In numbers: British peacekeepers deploy to four peacekeeping operations*

*UNFICYP, UNMISS, MINUSMA, MONUSCO. UK also contributes personnel to four other peace operations.

 

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Uruguay

In February 2019, we thanked Uruguay for their service and sacrifice

 

Video: Uruguayan peacekeeper serving with the UN mission in the DR Congo

UN News Feature

                                                                                                       

Uruguay has been helping the UN to keep the peace for nearly 70 years. Uruguay’s largest contingent, with more than 900 peacekeepers, is with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

               

 

In numbers

 

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