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.
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.