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2011 Year in Review

UN Peacekeepers serve in some of the most difficult and dangerous situations around the globe. A lot can and does happen in a single year in the world of UN Peacekeeping.

A South Sudanese man in a vehicle, smiling, with others waiving the South Sudanese flag.

UN Photo/Paul Banks

South Sudan became the world's newest State on 9 July 2011, the culmination of a United Nations-facilitated peace process that ended decades of conflict.

From the post-electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire to the birth of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, 2011 has been both challenging and rewarding for the men and women of UN peacekeeping and the communities they serve.

2011 month by month

Explore our interactive timeline to see the events around the world where UN Peacekeeping has been working to protect civilians, assist national authorities with elections and support the development of credible rule of law institutions, among other things.

Interviews with the Heads of Peacekeeping and Field Support

Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Field Support, took time to reflect on 2011 and look forward to what lies ahead in 2012.

You can read the full interviews in the 2011 Year in Review magazine.

Head of UN Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous

New York, 29 December 2011 - As 2011 draws to a close, USG Ladsous describes the major achievements and challenges faced by UN Peacekeeping this year.

Head of Field Support, Susana Malcorra

New York, 29 December 2011 - As 2011 draws to a close, USG Malcorra explains what the financial crisis means for UN Peacekeeping and what DFS is doing to meet the challenges.

Peace Operations Year in Review magazine

Each year we produce the Peace Operations Year in Review magazine. Here is our 2011 edition. You can also browse back through the previous issues of the publication.