Three Cheers for Democracy
1 December 2021
V/I met with Major General Kristin Lund of Norway, who is the Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). MGen Lund explained the importance of peacekeeping missions and women’s engagement for the sustainability of peace processes as well as her career path in the Norwegian Army, her professional struggles and successes and the significance of good leadership.
Magda Jakubowska: In Poland, there are no female generals in the army; I hope that the Norwegian example will encourage us to have more women in security. Specifically, what are the main peacekeeping missions you carry out? And why do you think that women’s presence is so important in such missions?
Kristin Lund: Of course, all the information about the missions can be found on our webpage with exact numbers and names [https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/where-we-operate], but to put it in a simple way and to make it more understandable for people not knowledgeable with military issues – it is all about monitoring ceasefire agreements that Israel has with its neighbours. This is done by having two observing groups: one in the south of Lebanon, supporting UNIFIL, and another group supporting UNDOF in the Golan Heights.