Year in Review: United Nations Peace Operations, 2012

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No day is quite the same in the life of a peacekeeper and working in the field has its demands and rewards. Peace operations continue to evolve with more robust and multidimensional mandates requiring expertise in human rights, justice, rule of law, security and political diplomacy, to name a few. The Year in Review features the activities of the UN Peacekeeping Missions in 2012, highlighting the successes and challenges that emerge throughout the year. It looks at how these challenges-- many times unforeseen, always under difficult conditions --are met by the peacekeepers on the ground as they work towards maintaining peace and security, protecting civilians, and providing support to fragile societies and governments in a post-conflict setting.



Introduction: Evolving to meet new challenges

Peace operations, both peacekeeping and political, remain one of the most cost effective and critical United Nations activities. With over 110,000 personnel serving in around 30 peacekeeping and political missions in 2012, they were also one of the most visible undertakings of this global organization. As peace operations continued to evolve encompassing larger and more complex mandates, the United Nations, working in close partnerships with Member States, regional organizations, national authorities and other stakeholders, strived to adapt its peacekeeping and peacemaking tools to address new, ever-growing challenges and additional demands.


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