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U.N. Peacekeepers Map

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) was formed to aid U.N. Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to alleviate human suffering, and to create conditions and construct institutions that promote self-sustaining peace. The U.N.’s first peacekeeping mission began in 1948, shortly after the birth of Israel. Since then, there have been 59 total peacekeeping missions across the globe. In the summer of 2004 there were 16 in operation on four continents.

Much of the information in this section is from the Web site on the U.N.’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

U.N. Peacekeepers at a Glance
Peacekeeping Operations* since 1948: 59
Current Operations*: 16
Military personnel**
and civilian police serving in peacekeeping operations as of May 31, 2004:
Countries contributing military personnel and civilian police as of May 2004: 97
International civilian personnel as of May 2004: 3,405
Local civilian personnel as of May 2004: 6,508
Total number of fatalities in peacekeeping operations from 1948 through May 2004: 1,870
Proposed budget for July 2004 to June 2005: About $2.65 billion
* Operation is a renewal or re-provisioning of a previous peacekeeping or political effort.
** The term military personnel refers to military observers and troops, as applicable. Fatality figures include military, civilian police, and civilian international and local personnel in United Nations peacekeeping operations only.

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