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United Nations peacekeepers place themselves in harm's way every day, between armed groups that are trying to kill each other or to harm civilians.Countless lives have been saved and improved by U.N. peacekeeping over the past seventy years; countless families ravaged by war have been given a new start. The U.N. peacekeeping budget is less than half of 1 percent of global military spending, and is shared between all 193 U.N. member states. U.S. studies show that U.N. peacekeeping missions are an estimated 8 times more cost-effective than when the U.S. acts alone. The world relies on United Nations peacekeepers to go where others cannot and will not, despite the many obstacles they must confront.I have presented a plan to all U.N. member states that is aimed at ending impunity, and will create victims' rights advocates in our peacekeeping missions and at U.N. headquarters.United Nations peacekeepers are one of the ways in which we deliver on that universal aspiration and make the world safer for everyone.
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