For a founding member of the United Nations, historically committed to the peaceful settlement of disputes, participating in peacekeeping operations is a natural extension of its international responsibilities. Under article 4 of the Federal Constitution, among the principles governing Brazil’s international relations are the promotion of peace, the peaceful settlement of conflicts and the cooperation among nations for the progress of humanity. Brazil has not shirked from engaging in conflict resolution – such as those in Angola, East Timor, Lebanon and Haiti.
Brazil has acted in more than 50 peacekeeping operations and similar missions, having contributed with more than 33,000 military officials, police officers and civilians. It currently takes part in nine peacekeeping operations with a contribution of more than 1700 people:
- MINURSO (Western Sahara)
- MINUSTAH (Haiti)
- UNFICYP (Cyprus)
- UNIFIL (Lebanon)
- MONUSCO (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
- UNISFA (Abyei)
- UNMIL (Liberia)
- UNMISS (South Sudan)
- UNOCI (Côte d'Ivoire)
The Brazilian Government defends that the mandates of peacekeeping operations highlight the interdependence between security and development as an indispensable element for sustainable peace, as well as the need of protecting populations under threat of violence and the emphasis on conflict prevention and on the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Brazil is proud of its historic and consistent participation in UN peacekeeping operations, which is always in accordance with its foreign policy interests, along with national and international rules and principles. Coherence and prudence have determined the definition of the missions in which Brazil chooses to engage.