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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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UNAMI (Iraq): Paving the way for elections

In October 2012, Iraq announced that Governorate Council elections will take place on 20 April 2013. This will be the eighth major electoral event since 2005. From that year, millions of Iraqi men and women have made their way home from polling booths across the country, proudly holding up their fingers dyed bright purple by the ink that symbolizes their contribution to the political process. The UN Integrated Electoral Assistance Team (IEAT), led by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) working together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), has supported the Iraqi electoral commission in its efforts to build a professional and sustainable electoral administration in Iraq throughout all these events.

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