EU Countries Providing Less Than 5 Percent of UN Peacekeeping Troops

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Oct. 25, 2016 Р EU countries are providing less than 5% of personnel for UN peacekeeping missions, according to the latest data from the Dept. of Peacekeeping Operations.

A summit chaired by Barack Obama in Sept. 2015 at UN headquarters was supposed to kickstart a return to United Nations peacekeeping by European countries, whose troops at one stage in the 1980s contributed 40 percent of peacekeeping forces.

But the amount of EU troops serving with UN missions has actually gone slightly down since that summit with less than 5 percent of the currently deployed 100,019 peacekeepers coming from the 28-nation bloc.

Just a little over a handful of EU countries are providing hundreds of peacekeepers for the UN’s 16 current peace operations, with the majority of EU states providing tens or less.

The top EU contributors are:

Italy 1,114
France 867
Spain 613
Germany 432
Ireland 385
Netherlands 358
Finland 340
United Kingdom 337

All other countries are providing less than 100 peacekeepers with most contributing less than 50.

The burden of peacekeeping is shared mostly by African and South Asian nations with six countries providing more than 40% of peacekeepers:

Ethiopia 8,236
India 7,471
Pakistan 7,161
Bangladesh 6,772
Rwanda 6,146
Nepal 5,131

For its part, the US provides a mere 68 personnel to UN peacekeeping, though remains by far the biggest financial contributor accounting for 28 percent of the total peacekeeping budget, which is just less than $8 billion for June 2016- June 2017.

China is by far the biggest contributor of troops among the permanent five members of the Security Council, providing 2,639 personnel. France is next, 867, followed by the UK, 337, Russia, 98, and US, 68.

  • GT

    Please get the facts right: “All others (EU MS) are poviding less than 100 peacekeepers” is not correct: For instance Austria has with 183 UNIFIL troops and some others in other missions currently still about 200 troops in UN missions (used to have more than 500 UN troops until UNDOF withdrawal in 2013 but has substantial numbers also in EU, OSCE and other missions). Besides, you mention the substantial US financial PK contribution (while US has deployed only 68 personnel) but you totally omit to state that the EU 28 jointly are the largest financial contributor to the UN regular and the UN PK budget. Thus, please stick to the facts and not to distort them! GT