2012 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.
Primary school students attending classes in Taiboco, a sub-district of Oecussi, Timor-Leste. The Timor-Leste mission officially closes on 31 December 2012.
From sending a military observer team to Syria, to protecting civilians at risk in the eastern DR Congo, to the closing of our mission in Timor-Leste, 2012 has been both challenging and rewarding for the men and women of UN Peacekeeping and the communities they serve.
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.
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Interviews with the Heads of Peacekeeping and Field Support
Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Ameerah Haq, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Field Support, took time to reflect on 2012 and look forward to what lies ahead in 2013.
Head of UN Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous
New York, 29 December 2012 - As 2012 draws to a close, USG Ladsous describes the major achievements and challenges faced by UN Peacekeeping this year.
Head of Field Support, Ameerah Haq
New York, 29 December 2012 - The Head of UN Department of Field Support, Ameerah Haq, describes the major challenges of 2012 and the priorities for field support in 2013.
Peace Operations Year in Review magazine
Each year we produce the Peace Operations Year in Review magazine. The 2012 edition will be live soon. In the meantime you can browse back through the previous issues of the publication.
2011 Year in Review
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