Focus Area: Peacekeeping
United Nations peacekeeping operations are a key instrument employed by the international community to advance peace and security. The role of the UN in peacekeeping was recognized in 1988, when the United Nations peacekeeping forces received the Nobel Peace Prize. The UN pioneered peacekeeping in 1948 with the establishment of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East. Since then, it has established a total of 67 operations. There are currently 17 peace operations deployed on four continents.
A peacekeeping operation is deployed with the authorization of the Security Council and the consent of the host government and/or the main parties to the conflict. It consists of military, police and civilian personnel, working together to help lay the foundations of a sustainable peace.
United States of America
Designated in 2008
A committed human rights advocate, actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney uses his global appeal to focus public attention and support for United Nations peacekeeping efforts around the world.
In September 2006, Mr. Clooney spoke to members of the United Nations Security Council at an out-of-session meeting to help mobilize political action against the violence in Darfur.
In April 2007, Mr. Clooney co-founded Not On Our Watch, a non-profit organization using influential people in the arts to capture global attention and resources as a way to combat mass atrocities around the world. The organization’s first priority is to help bring about a resolution to the Darfur crisis.