Our Videos

August 11, 11

NEWS / UN through the lens: Three years at the helm of peacekeeping

10 August 2011 –
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, the outgoing head of UN peacekeeping has said.

Alain Le Roy, whose last day as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is today, told the UN News Centre in a farewell interview that the number of peacekeepers in the field is not falling, just a year after many thought that UN peacekeeping was entering a period of consolidation.

“We will have some reduction in the coming years, but maybe there will be other situations requiring UN peacekeeping,” he said. “We don’t know what’s happening in the Middle East and I’m sure that will have some impact on our peacekeeping operations in some ways.”

More than 120,000 peacekeepers are spread across 15 operations worldwide, ranging from Haiti and Kosovo to Timor-Leste and South Sudan.

Mr. Le Roy noted also that the defence budgets of many nations are being reduced as a result of the ongoing global economic and financial problems.

“So all that will probably mean that the demand on the UN and on UN peacekeeping will continue to be there, if not to grow.”

Given that rising or steady demand, Mr. Le Roy warned that it was vital that UN operations have the right military and civilian capabilities to tackle “the increasing complex situations and tasks that peacekeeping is facing.”

In the Newsmaker interview Mr. Le Roy – who is stepping down from his post to spend more time with his family – also discussed some of the major crises that occurred during his period as Under-Secretary-General. These crises include: 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.




AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! I’m sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »


Q: What about military and other U.S. government employees stationed abroad?
Read More »
What to consider when purchasing an existing business?
Read More »
What are the requirements to hire a household employee or domestic worker, such as housekeeper, nanny or caretaker?
Read More »
When must a student apply for an OPT extension?
Read More »


December 5, 23
Taxpayer Beats IRS in Landmark Case on foreign bank reporting for dual residents
Read More »
December 4, 23
MO woman spends 5 years trying to get her nameless grandson a name and a birth certificate
Read More »
November 30, 23
New York enacts clean slate legislation for old criminal records
Read More »
November 29, 23
Russian soldier forges death certificate to dodge Ukraine War
Read More »