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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 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 16 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 countries like Timor-Leste, Nepal, Namibia, Guatemala, Cambodia, South Africa and Afghanistan. Singaporeans have also held senior appointments in UN peacekeeping operations.
On 11 December 2015, Singapore signed an agreement with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to jointly develop an information management tool for UN peacekeeping efforts. The tool is a Geographic Information System-based Situation Awareness Application that will allow users to look at the operational information about a peacekeeping operation at one glance. 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.