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Peace Support Operations

International and regional peacekeeping operations are an important part of the modern security landscape. Conflict, post-conflict and fragile states that require international assistance are increasing. Peace support operations (PSOs) led or endorsed by the United Nations have expanded in response. New Zealand’s contributions to PSOs are one of New Zealand’s most tangible commitments to collective security and the rule of law. New Zealand is a strong supporter of United Nations’ and regional peacekeeping and peace support efforts, playing a key role in the Pacific and elsewhere in the world. New Zealand also contributes to integrated state-building operations in Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Afghanistan.

Before engaging in a PSO, New Zealand considers:

 

Peace support operations review June 2014

This review takes stock of New Zealand's global peace support efforts and how we might consider contributing to such efforts in the future. Read the full report. [PDF 3.85MB]

Summary of New Zealand's Contributions to Peace Support Operations

New Zealand is involved, with nearly 400 NZDF and 75 NZ Police currently deployed, in PSOs in thirteen countries, three of which - Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands - are complex operations with both civilian and military components. New Zealand also has significant humanitarian and development programmes in these three countries.

* There are also five civilians attached to RAMSI to assist capacity building and reconciliation in the Solomon Islands. These include two secondees from IRD, one from Treasury and two New Zealand High Court Judges.

* UNCMAC the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) in Korea is officially under US Command, not the UN).

Region

Location

NZDF Contribution

Multilateral

Regional

Bilateral

NZ Police Contribution

New Zealand Aid Programme contribution

2008/09

(NZ$ million)

Pacific

Solomon Islands

RAMSI*

42

38

43.1

Bougainville

7

2.4

Tonga

2

(+ up to 6 short-term technical advisors)

2.2

Asia

Timor Leste

UNMIT

1

25

(UNPOL)

12.2

Australia-led ISF

146

Bilateral

5

Korea

UNCMAC*

3

Middle East

Afghanistan*

UNAMA

1

3

(EUPOL)

7

ISAF

12

Bamyan PRT

NZSAS

122

71

TrainingTeam/

Nil Medical

2

Sinai (Egypt)

MFO

26

0.2 to UNDP Mine Action

Israel, Lebanon and Syria

UNTSO

8

Iraq

UNAMI

1

2

Africa

Sudan

UNMIS

3

1.4

TOTAL

443

75

(not including 6 short-term technical advisors in Tonga)

70.5 million

Acronyms

RAMSI

Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands

UNMIT

UN Integrated Mission in Timor Leste

ISF International Stabilisation Force
UNCMAC UN Command Military Armistice Commission
UNAMA UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
ISAF International Security Assistance Force
PRT Provincial Reconstruction Team
MFO Multinational Force and Observers
UNTSO  UN Truce Supervision Organization
UNAMI UN Assistance Mission in Iraq
UNMIS UN Mission in Sudan

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