Preventive Diplomacy in Sierra Leone
Once host to the UN’s largest peacekeeping operation following the end of a protracted civil war in 2002, Sierra Leone today benefits from the work of a small political mission named UNIPSIL (UN Integrated Peace-building Office for Sierra Leone). With less than a hundred civilian staff, the mission promotes dialogue and political compromise, strong institutions and peace dividends through economic development. Its work helps to protect the previous achievements of Sierra Leone on the path towards stability, so that the country does not slide back to war.
In the following video interview, UNIPSIL chief Michael von der Schulenburg describes how the United Nations and its partners helped to defuse political tensions between the governing and the opposition party in Sierra Leone that brought fears of renewed conflict in March 2009.
- Learn more about the UN's political work in Sierra Leone
- Visit the website of the UN Integrated Mission for Sierra Leone
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