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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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MINURSO (Western Sahara): Ensuring a path to safety

“I joined the United Nations because it gives me the chance to contribute to the peace process in different parts of the world,” says Major Jose Amador, a United Nations Military Observer (UNMO) serving in Mijek, Western Sahara. Major Amador is one of over 200 UNMOs from 29 countries ensuring that the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) meets its mandate, under the direction of Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, who took up the post in June 2012. As UNMOs travel thousands of kilometres per month in the course of their duties, the MINURSO Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC) endeavours to protect UNMOs along with the local population from the dangers of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) throughout the territory.

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