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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.

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UNOAU (African Union): Supporting the African Union’s first formed police unit

The first-ever Formed Police Unit (FPU) in an African Union (AU)-led peace support operation was deployed to Somalia in August 2012 to serve under the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This milestone was a culmination of a two-year long process involving the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU). With the view to bolstering law and order in Mogadishu and assisting the Somali police in consolidating peace and security, a contingent of 140 FPU police officers from Uganda, including seven women, was deployed in August 2012. This was followed, in September 2012, by another contingent of 140 officers from Nigeria, including 25 women.

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