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 31 March 2017, our workforce in the field consisted of:
- 84,533 serving troops and military observers
- 11,944 police personnel;
- 4,784 international civilian personnel (30 November 2016);
- 9,474 local civilian staff (30 November 2016);
- 1,577 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.
Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
There are more than 118,000 military, police and civilian personnel, serving on 16 peacekeeping operations 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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