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.



UNOWA (West Africa): Mobilizing regional efforts to address crises in West Africa

The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) was the first regional conflict prevention and peacebuilding office of the United Nations, established in 2002, mandated to address crossborder conflict in the region and help build peace and security. Based in Dakar, UNOWA covers the 15 countries that make up the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo as well as Mauritania. Its mandate was extended by the Security Council in December 2010 (S/2010/661), for an additional three years until December 2013.


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