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Why does this website exist?

The United Nations is an extremely complex organization.

Much of how the bureaucracy and intergovernmental processes work is based on a mix of tradition, mythology and a labyrinthine set of resolutions, regulations and rules. Compounding these challenges is the fact that navigation of official documentation is far from intuitive.

This website is intended to make it easier to understand the nuts and bolts of United Nations peacekeeping operations. This is not an exhaustive resource. The webmaster has taken every effort to provide references to official documents or internal policies, but this website is not an authoritative reference.

Who is this website for?

This website is primarily for the use of its creator. It has its origins in a collection of post-it notes and gradually grew to include a list of commonly-referenced documents and a set of handover notes. At some point, the creator of the website decided to translate all of these materials into a wiki format, where it would be much more easily searchable.

Putting the material into a public wiki has the secondary benefit of allowing others to benefit from the information (and reducing the amount of time the webmaster spends fielding questions from inside and outside the United Nations about various esoteric topics), but

How is this website maintained?

There is little method to the madness when it comes to the order in which pages are added. The subjects covered are ones of interest to the webmaster. Most pages that have been uploaded are adapted from materials previously compiled or from emails drafted to answer questions from colleagues.