27 March 2015 - Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, attends Historic United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference.

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, attended the first ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on Friday 27 March 2015.

Chiefs of Defence from over 100 Member States participated in the conference in New York to discuss issues central to United Nations Peacekeeping including strategic, political, operational and support aspects of UN Peacekeeping operations.

The aims of the conference were to enhance awareness of the contemporary operating environment within which UN peacekeeping operations are conducted; to discuss UN peacekeeping operations in the context of confronting global threats to peace and security; and to examine ways to improve on the performance and effectiveness of UN Peacekeeping operations.

Lieutenant General O'Boyle stated,  "I am delighted to attend this historic conference that has brought Chiefs of Defence from over 100 United Nations Member States together for the first time. Ireland and the Defence Forces has a distinguished history of unbroken service to the United Nations since joining in 1955 and our first deployments in 1958."

The Defence Forces currently has 431 personnel serving in 16 UN mandated missions in 15 countries, including Lebanon, Occupied Golan Heights, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Most notable Major General Michael Finn is currently the Mission Commander of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East and Brigadier General Anthony O'Hanlon is the Deputy Force Commander of the Untied Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights.

Lieutenant General O'Boyle added; "The experience gained by the Defence Forces since our first deployments with the United Nations in 1958 has contributed to the development of the Defence Forces into an agile, well trained, well equipped and disciplined force, capable of working with partner nations in the most complex security environments around the world.

Press Release Date: 27th March 2015

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