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Did you know that the UK Government has announced that it will be doubling its military contributions to United Nations peace operations? 

Meet the people behind the numbers and sign the letter opposite to show your support for Brits in peacekeeping.

Cecilia Dunster
British police officer in
UN Mission in South Sudan

Sgt Steven Beattie
Former Platoon Sergeant
 UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyrpus

Sqn Ldr Jason Neame
Former plans & operations officer
UN Mission in South Sudan


Maj Michael Rodger
Former mobile reserve force
UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

Maj Michael Cooper
Former chief of operations
UN Mission in South Sudan

Lt Tom Callard
Former media officer
UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

Why does it matter?

In September 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron committed 250 troops to South Sudan and 70 troops to Somalia. The UK already has 290 peacekeepers working in missions across the world, 274 of which are with the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus.

These peace operations help save lives. In South Sudan, more than 200,000 civilians sought shelter at UN bases when violence started. In Somalia, peacekeepers are helping to support a secure environment for the Somali peace process to take root, as well as providing medical services and reliable supplies of purified water. In Cyprus, British peacekeepers support the implementation of a long-term peace agreement.

Photo credits from top left to right: Ilya Medvedev; MOD; UN Photo/JC McIlwain ; MOD; UN Photo/JC McIlwaine; UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Show your support

Tell the Secretaries of State for Defence and Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs that you are proud of the UK's contribution to UN peace operations. Your messages will also be sent to our featured peacekeepers. 

To sign the letter, please fill out the form below.

Dear Secretaries of State,

I am writing to express my support for the Government’s decision to increase the number of British personnel seconded to UN peace operations.

As a member of the British public, I am proud of our troops, police officers and civilian experts who have served in UN missions across the world. Peacekeepers do vital work to protect civilians from conflict and the need for UN peace operations has never been greater. I believe British citizens have much to give in terms of skills and expertise that can help to strengthen these missions and contribute to their success.

Supporting peace operations is an investment in Britain’s future. It is in our national interest to prevent countries from sliding back into conflict and we have a global responsibility to protect vulnerable populations. Our security and prosperity depend on us working with other states through international institutions like the United Nations.

As British citizens – and global citizens – we all have a stake in supporting international peace and security. I would like to thank our peacekeepers, and the British Government, for investing in the cause of global peace.

Yours sincerely,