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Unformatted text preview: FACT SHEET United Nations Peacekeeping VITAL A central element of international conFict response UN peacekeeping provides essential security and support to millions of people as well as fragile institutions emerging from conFict. Peacekeepers deploy to war-torn regions where no one else is willing or able to go and prevent conflict from returning or escalat- ing. The international character of UN Security Council-authorized peacekeeping missions provides unparalleled legitimacy to any UN peace operation. UN peacekeeping is an impartial and widely accepted vehicle for both burden-sharing and effective action. UN peacekeeping provides a secure environment that enables peace efforts to proceed; but it is not the only solution to every crisis situation. Peacekeeping supports a peace process; it is not a substitute for one. The other alternative to the UN is that we do nothing and that these conflicts fester, spill over, and create an environment where criminals can operate and where terrorists can find a safe haven. Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative Can UN Keep the Peace http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/520/index.html] ROBUST A massive enterprise The UN is the largest multilateral contributor to post-conflict stabilization worldwide. Only the United States deploys more military personnel to the field than the United Nations. There are almost 124,000 personnel serving on 16 peace operations led by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on four continents directly impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. This represents a nine fold increase in UN peacekeepers since 1999. In addition, the Department of Field Support (DFS) which provides support and expertise in the areas of personnel, finance and budget, communications, information technology and logistics - supports another 12 special political and/or peacebuilding field mis- sions managed by the Department of Political Affairs, as well as a number of other UN peace offices requiring administrative and logistical assistance from UN Headquarters. The UN does not have its own military force; it depends on contributions from Member States. As of 31 March 2010, 115 countries contributed military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping. More than 88,000 of those serving were troops and military observers and about 13,000 were police personnel. In addition, there were more than 5,800 international civilian personnel, nearly 14,000 local civilian staff and some 2,400 UN Volunteers from over 160 nations....
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