Peacekeeping throughout the world
Since 1948 UN peacekeepers undertook 63 field missions and participated in the implementation of more than 170 peaceful settlements that ended regional conflicts, and enabled people in more than 45 countries to take part in free and fair elections. A total of 119 countries have contributed military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping.
UN peace operations are less expensive than other forms of international interventions. In June 2008, there were almost 110,000 personnel serving in 20 UN peacekeeping operations on four continents in ten time zones, directly impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. The approved peacekeeping budget from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 is approximately $6.8 billion, representing less than 0.5% of global military spending.