UN’s first female force commander ends her tour of duty

Major General Kristin Lund of Norway ended her command of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus in July 2016. Lund was appointed military commander of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in May 2013. She was the first female force commander in a UN peacekeeping operation. The initial duration of her posting was one year, but she was granted an extension until 2016.


“As I leave the island today, I can say that I am proud to have made my own small contribution, not only to the cause of peace in Cyprus and to the UN’s mandate on this beautiful island, but also to changing perceptions about the role women can play in global peace and security”, says Major General Kristin Lund.

Read more: Lund’s farewell statement.

In Cyprus, the UN operation has been the first in the world to have a dual female leadership. Norway’s Espen Barth Eide is the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus.

“It's been a true honor to work with Major General Kristin Lund for the last two years. I wish her all the best in her new assignments”, says Eide.

Long military career

The Norwegian Major General has had a distinguished military career with over 34 years of military command and staff experience at national and international levels. Major General Lund has served in Lebanon, the first Gulf war, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

She is also the first woman in International Hall of Fame at U.S. Army War College.

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