First female Force Commander of UN peacekeeping mission appointed

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Kristin Lund, first female Force Commander. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has said a "glass ceiling" has been broken with the appointment of a Norwegian general as the first female Force Commander of a United Nations peacekeeping Mission.

Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Major-General Kristin Lund to lead the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on Monday.

Secretary-General Ban said that in the six and a half decades of UN peacekeeping operations all Force Commanders have been males.

"Today we shatter another glass ceiling. We do it with a commanding force. Our operation in Cyprus today becomes the first in the world to have a dual female leadership. It is just one of five peacekeeping operations led by women, the highest proportion in our history. Force Commander Lund deserves this assignment. She has a long history of dedicating herself to the UN peacekeeping going back to 1986 when she was deployed with the UN in Lebanon." (32")

Major-General Lund was the first female army officer in 2009 to be promoted to that rank and was appointed Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard.

In 2014 she was appointed to the Norwegian Defense Staff as head of Veteran Affairs.

She will replace Major General Chao Liu of China as Force Commander of UNFICYP in August this year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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