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UNMIL Facts and Figures

Current authorization until 30 September 2015
Security Council resolution 2190 PDF Document of 15 December 2014


Initially authorized (19 September 2003 - 13 July 2005)

Security Council resolution 1509 (2003) PDF Document

  • 15,000 military personnel:
    • 250 military observers
    • 160 staff officers
  • 1,115 police officers, including formed units; and the appropriate civilian component

Adjustments in authorized strength

In the following years, adjustments to the UNMIL military component in 2006, together with the drawdown conducted from 2007 to 2010, reduced the Mission’s troop strength from 15,250 military personnel to 7,952 troops. The police component stood at 1,375 police personnel, including formed police units.

On 17 September 2012, the Security Council, by its resolution 2066 (2012), decided to decrease UNMIL’s military strength by about 4,200 personnel, in three phases between August 2012 and July 2015. Mission military strength would be at about 3,750 personnel by July 2015. At the same time, the Council decided to increase the number of UNMIL’s authorized formed police units by some 420 personnel for a new authorized ceiling of 1,795 personnel.  

Currently authorized

By its resolution 2215 of 2 April 2015, the Security Council endorsed the Secretary-General’s recommendation and authorized him to implement the third phase of the phased drawdown of UNMIL to arrive at a new military ceiling of 3,590 personnel and to reduce the police ceiling to 1,515 personnel, with both ceilings to be reached by September 2015.

Current strength (30 June 2015)

  • 5,934 total uniformed personnel
    • 4,400 troops
    • 125 military observers
    • 1,409 police (including formed units)
  • 381 international civilian personnel*
  • 823 local staff*
  • 185 UN Volunteers

*NB: Statistics for international and local civilians are as of 30 June 2015

Country contributors

Military personnel

Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Togo, Ukraine, United States, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Police personnel

Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Egypt, Fiji, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • 133 troops
  • 19 police
  • 1 military observer
  • 9 international civilians
  • 28 local civilians
  • _____
  • 190 total

Financial aspects

  • Method of financing: Assessment in respect of a Special Account
  • Approved budget (07/2014 – 06/2015):): $427,319,800 [A/C.5/69/17 PDF Document]