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UN Peacekeepers by Country 2023

As the name suggests, peacekeepers from the United Nations are responsible for keeping the peace. In a lot of situations, peacekeepers are responsible for enforcing treaties that countries may have signed to bring an end to an armed conflict. In modern militaries, most people wear uniforms that are designed to blend in with the background. That is not the case with the United Nations peacekeepers, as they want to be spotted and immediately recognized as peacekeepers. That way, they are not mistakenly fired upon by soldiers. United Nations peacekeepers are also responsible for protecting civilians, particularly if there's an armed conflict happening in the local area.

Which Country has Contributed the Highest Number of United Nations Peacekeepers?

Overall, Pakistan has contributed the highest number of United Nations peacekeepers, contributing more than 8,000 people to the cause. This is followed closely by Bangladesh and India, both of whom have contributed just under 8,000 peacekeepers. Other countries that have contributed a lot of peacekeepers are mostly from Africa. Examples include Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Nepal, Ghana, and Egypt. All of these countries have contributed several thousand peacekeepers to the cause.

It is not surprising to see a lot of African nations contributing peacekeepers to the United Nations, as there are a lot of armed conflicts that have broken out in Africa. Therefore, many of the countries in Africa are interested in contributing peacekeepers in an effort to stop violence on the continent.

Does the United States Contribute Peacekeepers?

Yes, the United States does contribute peacekeepers. As the unofficial leader of the United Nations, the United States plays a significant role in orchestrating peacekeeping operations all over the world. On the other hand, the United States has only contributed a few dozen peacekeepers. People coming from the United States are often required to have at least five years of professional law enforcement experience before they are allowed to join peacekeeping operations. The bar is also relatively high because the United States often contributes armed personnel to various conflicts around the world. Therefore, the United States is hesitant to contribute peacekeepers because it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between someone who has joined as a peacekeeper and someone who has joined as a soldier.

What is the Largest United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in History?

By far, the largest United Nations peacekeeping operation in history took place in South Sudan. More than 15,000 military personnel were contributed by the United Nations to this operation in an effort to protect the sovereignty of an independent South Sudan. African countries have sprung up all over the place after European countries left the area, and borders were fuzzy. As a result, numerous armed conflicts broke out, with one of the biggest ones taking place in South Sudan. This turned out to be a bloody war that ended in a rocky peace resolution. The United Nations went in to try to enforce the peace treaty that had been signed.

Here are the top 10 countries with most peacekeepers:

  1. Bangladesh: 7,237 🇧🇩
  2. Nepal: 6,264 🇳🇵
  3. India: 6,097 🇮🇳
  4. Rwanda: 5,935 🇷🇼
  5. Pakistan: 4,334 🇵🇰
  6. Egypt: 2,825 🇪🇬
  7. Ghana: 2,762 🇬🇭
  8. Indonesia: 2,704 🇮🇩
  9. Senegal: 2,426 🇸🇳
  10. China: 2,258 🇨🇳

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Country
# of Peacekeepers
# of Troops
# of Individual Police
# of Experts on Mission
# of Formed Police Units
# of Staff Officers
Bangladesh7,2376,5154155460166
Nepal6,2645,8614044180139
India6,0975,7472950137134
Rwanda5,9354,68996381,03775
Pakistan4,3344,17545114
Egypt2,8252,038643961668
Ghana2,7622,3143145268104
Indonesia2,7042,451521614045
Senegal2,4261,1214621,22235
China2,2582,17452752
Morocco1,7251,66721640
Tanzania1,5861,52621732
Ethiopia1,4831,47211
Chad1,4401,3998627
South Africa1,1731,11427329
Togo1,114717781028029
Cameroon1,10575018632011
Uruguay1,0591,01971320
Tunisia969835901034
Zambia96091021929
Niger94786068118
Burkina Faso946648134314021
Mongolia89184931920
Italy8758473421
Malaysia859824101312
Cambodia850822820
Mauritania8114491433414
Malawi788731211422
Burundi767748415
Ivory Coast744663756
Guinea73265055819
Spain68665110520
Germany66562291420
Jordan663320127717633
Uganda6466251632
France60754514246
Sri Lanka54654024
South Korea54451921211
Nigeria499225633013744
Ireland499461111215
Kenya447345342147
Benin3722497513926
Fiji315300258
United Kingdom308284321
Thailand30327112137
Argentina295242241613
Serbia276262239
Vietnam2692473712
Peru25521961713
Slovakia247234526
Portugal2322099212
Bhutan2101801416
Poland2061923101
Djibouti20627179
Finland20516517149
El Salvador1841631362
Austria1831621812
Turkey1801106532
Guatemala1751501312
Liberia1731506512
Sweden135883512
Greece1081071
Brazil839102044
Russia79372319
Romania63411210
Zimbabwe62311912
Gambia6241318
Canada5832521
Sierra Leone56131231
Norway55241318
Mali54504
Lithuania464213
Moldova4332182
Paraguay41126185
Hungary3621276
United States352528
Brunei3030
Switzerland2925175
Philippines282071
Australia261214
Bolivia26197
Mexico235135
Netherlands2214125
Bosnia and Herzegovina21192
Kazakhstan19865
Czech Republic18279
Chile16637
Kyrgyzstan15114
Croatia15141
Honduras1414
Denmark14122
Namibia14194
New Zealand1091
Ecuador936
Malta99
Dominican Republic734
Colombia651
Belgium615
Montenegro651
Madagascar55
Slovenia5113
Estonia541
Kiribati55
Japan44
Tajikistan44
Botswana33
North Macedonia321
Nauru33
Iran22
Algeria22
Angola22
Azerbaijan22
Papua New Guinea22
Albania22
Timor Leste22
Cyprus22
Luxembourg22
Armenia11
Qatar11
Gabon11
Latvia11
Sao Tome and Principe11
Ukraine
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What country has the most UN peacekeepers?

Pakistan contributed the most to the number of UN peacekeepers. Over 8,000 peacekeepers come from Pakistan. Bangladesh and India have also contributed just under 8,000 peacekeepers each.

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