Patrick Cammaert

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Patrick Cammaert in 2001

Major General Patrick Cammaert (Dutch: [ˈpɛtrɪk ˈkɑmaːrt], born April 11, 1950, Alkmaar) is a Dutch general who was serving as the United Nations Force Commander for the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was previously the Military Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior to that position, he was the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), as the Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and has spent a career in the Royal Netherlands Marines specializing in peacekeeping operations.

Cammaert is notable for having implemented many of the recommendations of the Brahimi Report, including the establishment of open-source intelligence as a vital and respected part of the United Nations decision support process. He is featured on the cover of the book Peacekeeping Intelligence and is a contributing author of that book.

On October 10, 2008 Cammaert received the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize for his commitment to world peace.

In early 2016, Cammaert led a Headquarters-Board of Inquiry on the circumstances of the clashes that occurred in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) protection of civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan, on 17-18 February 2016. Later that year, he was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in Juba, South Sudan, in July 2016, and the response of the UNMISS.[1]