United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. We are comprised of civilian, police and military personnel.
UN Photo/Logan Abassi
Peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, 29 May 2012.
As of March 2013, our workforce in the field consisted of:
- 79,693 serving troops and military observers
- 12,540 police personnel;
- 5,090 international civilian personnel (31 December 2012);
- 11,701 local civilian staff (31 December 2012);
- 2,089 UN Volunteers.
116 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.
Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
There are about 113,000 military, police and civilian personnel, serving on 15 peacekeeping operations and one special political mission, all led by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
Department of Field Support (DFS)
DFS provides support and expertise in the areas of personnel, finance and budget, communications, information technology and logistics. DFS supports not only peacekeeping operations, but also special political and peacebuilding field missions, and a number of other UN peace offices.
Working for us
Working for UN Peacekeeping is a rewarding experience. Our people come from the 193 Member States of the United Nations. We recruit civilian, military and police personnel.
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