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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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BNUB (Burundi): Consolidating peace through political dialogue

At the end of October 2012, the Government of Burundi (with support from the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Union, and bilateral partners) organized a major conference in Geneva, bringing together all of Burundi’s development partners, to mobilize support for the implementation of its poverty reduction strategy. Though final figures are still to be confirmed, donors pledged more than $2.6 billion. In doing so, they commended the Government, and the people of Burundi, for their commitment to promoting good governance and strengthening the fight against poverty. This was the second year of impressive advances for Burundi in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” indicators, making Burundi Africa’s “Most Improved” for 2012, and, among the 10 countries globally deemed to have most improved in the same year — the only low-income country among the 10. Thanks to the efforts of the Office Burundais des Recettes, state revenues continued to increase dramatically from what was a very low base.

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