United Nations thanks Finland for its contribution to peacekeeping

United Nations thanks Finland for its contribution to peacekeeping

Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix expressed gratitude to Finland for its support to United Nations Peacekeeping and for the service and sacrifice of its military and police personnel deployed around the world. Finland provides military and police officers to six UN Peacekeeping missions.

Satu Koivu, the Senior Police Adviser and Head of the Police Component of UNFICYP
Finland provides military and police officers to six UN Peacekeeping missions.

United Nations thanks Finland for its contribution to peacekeeping

New York, 30 August 2021: Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix expressed gratitude to Finland for its support to United Nations Peacekeeping and for the service and sacrifice of its military and police personnel deployed around the world.

Finland first contributed peacekeepers to the United Nations when it deployed troops to the Suez Canal in 1956 and has continued to provide uniformed personnel since. Currently, 264 Finnish uniformed peacekeepers are deployed to six UN peace operations. 

Finland’s largest contribution of peacekeepers is to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), where 215 personnel, including 10 women serve.  Finland also contributes uniformed personnel to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East (UNTSO); and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Finland’s contribution of peacekeepers includes troops, military observers, military staff officers and individual police officers. In addition, a Finnish police officer, Satu Koivu, serves as the Senior Police Adviser and Head of the Police Component of UNFICYP

“The UN appreciates the service and sacrifice of the Finnish men and women who serve in dangerous and difficult environments“, said Mr. Lacroix.

“Finnish peacekeepers have demonstrated a high-level of professionalism and dedication, and we are deeply grateful for their continued service. The UN will never forget the sacrifice of the 46 Finnish peacekeepers, who lost their lives over the years while serving under the UN flag.” He also commended Finland for its long and strong commitment to the training of peacekeepers.

Finland has a long tradition in collaborating with the UN on training matters, including on gender parity, notably through the United Nations Military Observer Course (UNMOC) organized by the Finnish Defense Forces International Centre in Helsinki.

Finland supports the Secretary-General’s ‘Action for Peacekeeping’ (A4P) initiative, which calls on Member States, the Security Council, host countries, troop- and police-contributing countries, regional partners and financial contributors to renew our collective engagement with UN peacekeeping and mutually commit to reach for excellence.


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The UN's Department of Global Communications runs the international multi-year communications campaign titled 'UN Peacekeeping -- Service and Sacrifice.(Link to another website.)' The campaign expresses the world body's gratitude to the countries that contribute their uniformed men and women to serve in the peacekeeping missions. 


Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served as UN peacekeepers. Every day, they make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, and every day they save lives. Peacekeeping is a unique force with military and police personnel from over 120 countries serving together, alongside civilian colleagues. UN peacekeepers come from diverse cultures and speak different languages, but share a common purpose: the protection of vulnerable communities and the provision of support to countries struggling to move from conflict to peace. Tragically some make the ultimate sacrifice - over 3,500 peacekeepers have lost their lives in the cause of peace. (Link to another website.)What is Peacekeeping?(Link to another website.)


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