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United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. We are comprised of civilian, police and military personnel.

A peacekeeper playing soccer with children.

UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, 29 May 2012.

As of 31 May 2017, our workforce in the field consisted of:

  • 83,499 serving troops and military observers
  • 12,494 police personnel;
  • 5,043 international civilian personnel (31 December 2016);
  • 10,276 local civilian staff (31 December 2016);
  • 1,599 UN Volunteers.

124 countries contributed military and police personnel.

The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from Member States.

In addition to maintaining peace and security, peacekeepers are increasingly charged with assisting in political processes; reforming judicial systems; training law enforcement and police forces; disarming and reintegrating former combatants; supporting the return of internally displaced persons and refugees.