From Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Haiti and Timor-Leste, UN peacekeepers deserve greater recognition for their service to both the UN and the world, Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told his final press conference last week.
Appointed to the post in June 2008, after more than three years as the head of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations, Alain Le Roy is leaving the United Nations to spend more time with his family.
At a dinner honouring the outgoing Peacekeeping Chief, The Secretary-General hailed his vision, bravery, exceptional dedication and hands-on management
More than 120,000 peacekeepers are spread across 15 operations worldwide, ranging from Haiti and Kosovo to Timor-Leste and South Sudan. Demand for United Nations-led peacekeeping operations is likely to continue over the next five years and may even start to rise again as individual countries reduce their defence spending and fresh crises and conflicts emerge.
In this week's Newsmaker interview* Mr. Le Roy discussed some of the major crises that occurred during his period as Under-Secretary-General. These crises included: the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, which killed many staff serving with the UN peacekeeping operation (MINUSTAH); the surge in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in late 2008; and the aftermath of disputed elections in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010-11.
* The United Nations Newsmaker interviews are a series of conversations with people making UN news. From now on we'll be featuring the newsmaker interviews on left hand side of the page
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