Nepal is now the fourth largest troops contributing country to UN Missions

Published On: March 8, 2020 08:36 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 8: Nepal has emerged as the fourth largest Troops and Police Contributing Country (TPCC) in terms of the number of peacekeeping forces sent to serve in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations around the world. 

Nepal has been able climb to the fourth position since January 1, 2020 with an increased participation of Nepali peacekeepers in various 12 UN peacekeeping missions around the world. Until then, Nepal was the fifth largest troops contributing nation to the UN peacekeeping missions.

Altogether 5,658 security personnel from Nepal are currently serving in the UN peacekeeping missions. These include contingents, military observers and staff officers, according to Nepal Army. 

The NA has sent 5096-strong force and Nepal Police and Armed Police Force together have sent 562 security personnel to the UN Peacekeeping missions. They are serving in UN missions in Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Western Sahara, Israel, Lebanon, Mali, Syria, Central African Republic, Iraq and Libya. 

Besides Nepal’s elevation to the fourth largest troop-contributing country, Nepal Army’s Major General Ishwar Hamal has been appointed as the Head of the Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to Golan Heights.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Major General Hamal as force commander of the UNDOF on February 24. 

Nepal for the first time started its participation in the UN Observation Group in Lebanon in 1958. Since then, 129,899 security personnel have already served in the peacekeeping missions. 

In recent years, the participation of women security personnel has also increased significantly in the peacekeeping operations. From Nepal Army alone, a total of 1,401 female peacekeepers have participated in the UN peacekeeping missions, while 181 women personnel are currently serving in various UN missions.

Other largest troops contributing countries to the UN Peacekeeping Operations include Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Rwanda.

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