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Australia and the UNSC
Peacekeeping

More than 65 000 Australians have served in over 50 United Nations and other multilateral peace operations in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East since 1947.

This tradition continues today, with more than 3100 Australians serving in peace and security operations around the globe. This includes continuous participation in the Middle East since 1953 and in Cyprus since 1964. In our neighbourhood, Australia has played a leading role in successful regional missions in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

Australia was instrumental in the diplomacy that led to the Cambodian Peace Settlement. Australia made a major contribution to the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), including sending the first military contingent and providing the commander of the military component of the mission.

Australia has also contributed to Commonwealth missions in Zimbabwe and Uganda, and the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai.

Australia is contributing to international stabilisation efforts in Afghanistan where it is one of the largest non-NATO contributors to the International Security Assistance Force. Australia is also contributing to United Nations peace and security operations in Iraq and South Sudan, as well as United Nations mandated anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

We are a reliable contributor to the United Nations’ peacekeeping budget, always paying in full and on time.

Since the United Nations began peacekeeping operations, the nature of these efforts has evolved, with the major focus now on conflicts within states rather than between them. There is also a deeper understanding of the strong linkages between peace, security and development, and working towards long-term prosperity.

Australia’s contribution to peace operations has also evolved, and has moved beyond simply keeping peace to actively building peace. This includes promoting good governance and human rights, strengthening the rule of law, reforming the security sector (including police) and laying the groundwork for sustainable economic development. Australia delivers the Policy Development Program in Timor-Leste, which is designed to help increase the capacity of the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste to maintain peace and security in the post UN period.

Australia is a significant contributor to the UN Peacebuilding Fund and is engaged in the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s work with Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Australia is also a key participant in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, which brings together international donors and the g7+ group of 18 of the world’s most fragile countries.

Australia is working to strengthen the important role of women in preventing, managing and resolving conflict. We understand that involving women as peacekeepers and in new institutions dramatically improves the prospects of long-term stability and development. Australia is engaged in the Group of Friends on Women, Peace and Security and advocates for UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 on women, peace and security, and 1820 on the prevention of the systematic use of sexual violence as a tactic of war.

In areas emerging from conflict, Australia complements its support for peace operations with substantial development and humanitarian aid.

Afghanistan
UNMCTT 1991-1999UNAMA 2003-ISAF 2001-
Bougainville, PNG
SPPKF 1994TMG 1997-1998PMG 1998-2003
Cambodia
UNBRO 1989-1993UNAMIC 1991-1992UNTAC 1992-1993CMAC 1994-1998
Cyprus
UNFICYP 1964-
Ethiopia & Eritrea
UNMEE 2000-2005
Former Yugoslavia
UNPROFOR 1992SFOR 1996-2004
Guatemala
MINUGUA 1997
Haiti
MNF 1994-1995
India & Pakistan
UNIPOM 1965-1966UNMOGIP 1950-1985
Indonesia
UN CONSULAR COMMISSION 1947UNGOC 1947-1949UNCI 1949-1951
Iran-Iraq
UNIIMOG 1988-1990
Iraq
MNF (I-K) 1991
Iraq
UNSCOM 1991-1999UNMOVIC 2002-2003UNAMI 2008-
Korean Peninsula
UNCOK 1950-1953UNCURK 1951-1952UNCMAC 1953-
Kosovo
KFOR 1999-2002
Lebanon
UNIFIL 1978
Middle East
UNTSO 1956
Syria
UNDOF 1974
Middle East
UNEF II 1976-1979MFO 1982-1986, 1993-
Mozambique
ONUMOZ 1994UNADP 1994-2002
Namibia
UNTAG 1989-1990
Rwanda
UNAMIR 1994-1995
Sierra Leone
UNAMSIL 2001-2003IMATT 2001-2003
Solomon Islands
IPMT 2000-2002RAMSI 2003-
Somalia
UNITAF 1992-1993UNOSOM I 1992-1993UNOSOM II 1993-1995
South Africa
UNOMSA 1994
Sudan
UNMIS 2003UNAMID 2008-2009
The Republic of Congo
ONUC 1960-1961
Timor-Leste
UNAMET 1999INTERFET 1999-2000UNTAET 2000-2002UNMISET 2002-2005UNOTIL 2005-2006UNMIT/ISF 2006-
Uganda
CMTTU 1982-1984
Western Sahara
MINURSO 1991-1994
Yemen
UNYOM 1963
Zimbabwe
CMF 1979-1980

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