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UN Guards

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The blue-uniformed UN Guards, also called UN Security Guards, are a familiar sight to any visitor to the UN offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna, or Nairobi, as well as in smaller UN offices. Their task is above all the guard and security service at the entrances and on the UN premises. In 1991, a special UN Guards Contingent in Iraq (UNGCI) was established to protect the humanitarian activities of UNHCR for Kurdish refugees after the Gulf War. All members of UNGCI wore blue UN uniforms in place of their national uniforms, and thus can be regarded as the first truly international force, even though the experiment was less than successful otherwise.

Keywords: UN Guards; UNGCI



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