UN’s first female force commander talks peacekeeping and why she’s not taking her Harley to Cyprus

UN News Centre – 19 May 2014 (originally published 14 May)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Major General Kristin Lund
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Major General Kristin Lund of Norway. Image: Mark Garten/UN Photo

14 May 2014 – This August, Major General Kristin Lund will become the first female commander of a United Nations peacekeeping force, taking the military helm in Cyprus where the top UN official, Lisa Buttenheim, is also a woman.

“I think it’s very important that the UN took this step to appoint a female force commander and I hope that I can be a role model for other female officers that see that it’s possible,” Major General Lund told the UN News Centre.

Speaking at the world body’s New York Headquarters after the official announcement that Ms. Lund would take over military command of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Secretary-General Ban said that over the six and a half decades of UN peacekeeping operations, all Force Commanders have been males . . .

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