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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.

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 2018, we are shining a spotlight on some of the countries that contribute uniformed peacekeepers to our operations.



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

Chadian Peacekeepers saving lives in Mali

In numbers: Chadian peacekeepers deploy to three missions





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

Service and Sacrifice: Cameroonian peacekeeper empowering women and girls

In numbers: Cameroonian peacekeepers deploy to five missions









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

Bangladeshi UN Peacekeepers Deliver Critical Medical Aid to Remote Communities

In numbers: Bangladeshi peacekeepers deploy to ten missions


United Kingdom



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.






In numbers: British peacekeepers deploy to four peacekeeping operations*


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




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




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


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

Service and Sacrifice: Uruguay’s Peacekeepers in the DRC

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




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

UN Hero Honoured


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




In numbers: Chinese peacekeepers deploy to nine missions




UN News feature: Mongolia continues to strengthen its contribution to UN peacekeeping



Mongolia first joined United Nations peacekeeping in 2002 with the deployment of two unarmed military observers to the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.  Soon after that, it sent two more officers to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Since then, Mongolia has continued to expand its contributions to UN peace operations in hot spots around the world.                       


In numbers: Mongolian peacekeepers deploy to five missions





UN Video: The Netherlands contributing to peace in Mali

In numbers:  Dutch peacekeepers deploy to five missions