United Nations thanks Norway for its contribution to peacekeeping

Norway Peacekeeping.
Lieutenant Commander Anders Blindheim, UNTSO, UN Truce Superivision Organisation

Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, thanked Norway for its enduring support to United Nations Peacekeeping and for the service and sacrifice of its military and police personnel deployed around the world under the UN flag.

Norwegian Peacekeepers
Christine Fossen Police Commissioner of UNMISS

This year marks the 75th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping. Since 1948, more than two million men and women have served in 71 UN peacekeeping missions, of which 12 are still active today, making a tangible difference to the lives of millions of people caught up in conflict.

Norway first deployed troops in 1956 to the UN Truce Supervision Organizations (UNTSO) – the first-ever peacekeeping mission – in the Middle East. Since then, it has contributed military and police personnel to more than 40 UN peace operations.

Norway no.73

Today, Norway is the 73rd largest contributor, providing 43 uniformed personnel, including 21 women, to six UN peace operations. Norway’s largest contribution is to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where 21 of its women and men serve. Norway also contributes personnel to UN peace operations in Colombia, Cyprus, the Middle East, Mali, and Sudan.

Norwegian Peacekeepers of UNTSO, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
Captain Astrid Andersen, UNTSO, UN Truce Superivision Organisation.

“Norway remains a steady and trusted partner to UN peacekeeping, providing specialized expertise and targeted capacity-building assistance across many mission settings, helping to support countries transition from conflict to peace. Norway is a strong supporter of the UN Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy, heeding our call to deploy more women at all levels and making a difference through their participation in operations, decisions and strategies that impact peacekeeping.”

Never forgotten

“The UN will never forget the sacrifice of the 43 Norwegian peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag,” said Mr. Lacroix. Norway has been an advocate of improving the safety and security of peacekeepers. “We are grateful to Norway for its efforts to ensure that peacekeepers are prepared to deploy in complex and challenging environments, while also supporting national authorities in their fight against impunity.”

Norway also endorsed the Secretary-General’s ‘Action for Peacekeeping’ (A4P) initiative, which aims to strengthen peacekeeping through more targeted mandates, stronger and safer operations, better equipped and trained forces, and by mobilizing support for political solutions.

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