Meet a peacekeeper

Meet Cecilia Dunster, a British police officer currently serving as a peacekeeper with the UN Mission in South Sudan.

I love the diversity of working in a foreign culture with colleagues from all over the world. I have learnt that there are many ways of approaching challenges and to listen to my colleagues, partners and the community.

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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? 

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. 

Will you show your support for peacekeeping?

Fill out the form on the right hand side to thank our peacekeepers, and to encourage the UK Government to continue to invest in UN peace operations.

 

Thank our peacekeepers

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,