Fifteen consecutive years of United Nations peacekeeping operations in Haiti are coming to a close in October. UN News takes a look at the UN’s legacy in the Caribbean country.
UN Peacekeepers have been deployed in Haiti for the past 15 years following a breakdown in the rule of law, and the mission there is due to close in October. Early on, in 2005, military, police and civilian peacekeepers deployed across the Caribbean island as part of their mandate to protect civilians and to help restore law and order.
The UN Mission also worked with communities on violence reduction projects. Peacekeepers supported these Haitian workers, helping them to build walls and plant vegetation in order to preserve the land and prevent flooding. The project also created economic and social opportunities for former gang members.
The current UN peacekeeping mission closes on 15 October 2019 and will be replaced by a political mission, building on the progress made with the Haitian authorities to reinforce stability, security and governance as well as the rule of law and human rights.
For more pictures from the UN's 15 years of peacekeeping in Haiti, go here.