The United Nations announced on Friday that 25 UN staff were killed in deliberate attacks targeting them during the past year 2021.
This came according to Eri Kaneko, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, at a press conference held at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York.
“At least 25 UN and associated personnel – one civilian and 24 peacekeepers, including two women – were killed in deliberate attacks during 2021,” Kaneko said.
She added, “For the eighth year in a row, the events on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were the most dangerous in the world, as 19 peacekeepers were killed there.”
And she continued, “It was followed by four deaths in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).”
And Kaneko added: “This brings the death toll to at least 462 United Nations and associated personnel in premeditated attacks in the past 11 years.”
According to the United Nations, its peacekeeping operations help countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.
The international organization has strengths including legitimacy and burden sharing, and the ability to deploy troops and police from around the world.
Combine it with civilian peacekeepers to address a range of mandates set by the Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly.