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2013 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.

MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) Tanzanian special forces during training in DR Congo.

From starting up a new peacekeeping operation and supporting elections in Mali, to marking ten years of peace in Liberia, to introducing new ways to protect civilians in eastern DR Congo, 2013 has been both challenging and rewarding for the men and women of UN Peacekeeping and the communities they serve.

2013 month by month

Explore our interactive timeline to see the events around the world where UN Peacekeeping has been working to stabilize countries after conflict, protect civilians, assist with elections, support the development of rule of law, and more.

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Interviews with the Heads of Peacekeeping and Field Support

Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Ameerah Haq, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, took time to reflect on 2013 and look forward to what lies ahead in 2014.

Head of UN Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous

As 2013 draws to a close, the Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, describes the major achievements and challenges faced by UN Peacekeeping this year.


Head of Field Support, Ameerah Haq

The Head of UN Department of Field Support, Ameerah Haq, describes the major challenges of 2013 and the priorities for field support in 2014.