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UN Peacekeeping sets new targets for female police, military observers and staff officers

NEW YORK, 20 September 2017 - UN Peacekeeping held an event earlier today on Gender and Peacekeeping to provide an overview of the progress of the implementation of the women, peace and security mandates in peacekeeping operations and to advocate Member States for their continued support, including increasing women's deployments into peacekeeping operations.

UN Peacekeeping has set a target of recruiting 15% women as military observers and staff officers by the year end and to reach a goal of 20% female police deployments by 2020.

“The number of women deployed in peacekeeping remains too low. We still have a long way to go to achieve parity and implement the women, peace, and security mandates,” said Head of UN Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, was co-chaired by the UK Mission to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations, and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú.

Source: Department of Peacekeeping Operations