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Singapore believes that UN peacekeeping operations have made a significant contribution to international peace and security.
In 1997, Singapore became the 7th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on UN Standby Arrangements. Our commitments to the UN Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System include placing planning officers, military observers, medical personnel and police officers on standby to support UN peacekeeping missions.
While we cannot participate in every UN peacekeeping mission, Singapore military and police personnel have, since 1989, taken part in 17 peacekeeping and observer missions. We have been involved in these missions in various capacities, including the provision of medical support, providing military advisors for national reconciliation, and the supervision of UN sponsored elections in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Ethiopia-Eritrea, Guatemala, Iraq, Namibia, Nepal, South Africa and Timor-Leste. Singaporeans have also held senior military and civilian appointments in UN peacekeeping operations.
On 11 December 2015, Singapore signed an agreement with the-then UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (now the Department of Peace Operations) to jointly develop an information management tool for UN peacekeeping efforts. The tool is a secure web-based software application that will enable peacekeeping and special political missions to electronically submit casualty reporting data, and automatically notify key stakeholders at the UN Headquarters in New York. This will significantly enhance the way the UN plans, monitors and conducts these operations.
More information on the UN’s peacekeeping operations can be found on the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operation website.