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Our interactive website presents the mandated tasks of current peace operations of the UN, EU, OSCE, AU and NATO and provides brief descriptions of these areas of activity (Glossary).

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23 areas of activity

To maximise user friendliness, we have limited our presentation to the 23 most common areas of activity of international peace operations. Note that this list is not exhaustive.


On the terminology of the glossary: We understand peace operations to be missions that are deployed in a multilateral context with the consent of the host state (where required with UN Security Council authorization) with the aim of stabilizing crisis areas and fragile states, supporting the implementation of peace agreements and sustaining peace. Different regional and international organizations use diverse terms to describe their respective missions. For ease of reading, we use common terms where possible. For instance, the OSCE has “offices”, “missions”, “presences” and “coordinators” that in the following are all referred to as “OSCE missions” or “OSCE presences.”

As there are also variations in the terminology used for mandated tasks, we have grouped them into areas of activity. Where the terminology differs among EU, OSCE, UN and others, this is identified in the individual glossary descriptions.


In assigning the fields of activity to the individual missions, we have relied on information from (a) the mandates of the UN Security Council and (b) official documents and presentations from the EU, AU, NATO and OSCE on the tasks and activities of their missions.

Status of the website

Our website is continuously updated.
Current status: 22 June 2020.