Ahead of the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial, meet Major Sungyeon Yi

Major Sungyeon Yi pictured as a child and in her current position with UNMISS.
Sungyeon Yi pictured as a child.
Major Sungyeon Yi pictured working at her desk in Bor, South Sudan where she serves with UNMISS.
LTC. Choi Kyung-hee (left) was the first female South Korean Lieutenant Colonel to serve with the Department of Peace Operations. Major General Kristin Lund of Norway (right) was the first-ever female Force Commander of a UN Peacekeeping mission, UNFICYP. (Photo 1: The Korea Times. Photo 2: UN Photo/UNFICYP)

“It is the most direct and effective way to contribute to the implementation of peace and security as a woman,” she stressed. “ I encourage everyone who wants to be a peacekeeper to try and to achieve your goal.”

“​​Although it is unpredictable and challenging, because of the cultural diversities and characteristics of mission areas especially for female peacekeepers, serving as a UN peacekeeper counts as one of the worthiest and most meaningful experiences in my life.”

Major Sungyeon Yi pictured at her desk in Bor, South Sudan where she serves with UNMISS.

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