United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur

 UNAMID Members of the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes traveled to Al Tawisha, North Darfur, to sign an agreement to cease hostilities. The event was facilitated by UNAMID. Photo by Hamid Abdulsalam, UNAMID.

The United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is a joint African Union and United Nations peacekeeping mission formally approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 on July 31, 2007, to bring stability to the Darfur region of Sudan. The mandate is renewed yearly, and the adoption of Security Council resolution 2228  on 29 July 2015, extended it until 30 June 2016.

 

The mandate of UNAMID includes:

 

  • Protection of civilians, without prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of Sudan;
  • Facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance and ensuring the safety of humanitarian personnel;
  • Mediating between the Government of Sudan and non-signatory armed movements on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur; and
  • Supporting the mediation of community conflict, including through measures to address its root causes.

The Mission’s headquarters is in El Fasher, North Darfur. It has sector headquarters in El Geneina (West Darfur), Nyala (South Darfur), Zalingei (Central Darfur) and El Daein (East Darfur). The Mission has 35 deployment locations throughout the five Darfur states.

 

On 31 July 2007, the Mission had an authorized strength of 25,987 uniformed peacekeepers. This included 19,555 troops, 360 military observers and liaison officers, 3,772 police advisers and 2,660 formed police units (FPU). In mid-2011, UNAMID stood at 90 per cent of its full authorized strength, making it one of the largest UN peacekeeping operations. By resolution 2063 of 31 July 2012, the Security Council decided to decrease strength of military and police components. The Mission has now an authorized strength of 23,123 personnel. This includes up to 19,248 uniformed peacekeepers (15,845 troops, 1,583 police advisers and 1,820 formed police units) and a civilian component of up to 3,875 peacekeepers (947 international staff, 167 UN volunteers, and 2,761 national personnel).