The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur UNAMID is a joint African Union and United Nations peace-keeping mission formally approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 on July 31, 2007 to bring stability to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan while peace talks on a final settlement continue.
Its initial 12-month mandate was later extended to July 31, 2010.
Its budget is approximately $106 million per month.
Its force of about 26,000 personnel began to deploy to the region in October 2007.
The 9,000-strong African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), which was previously responsible for peacekeeping, completely merged into a new force by December 31, 2007.
The mandate is for a force of up to 19,555 military personnel and 3,772 police, along with a further “19 formed police units comprising up to 140 personnel each.
The peacekeepers were allowed to use force to protect civilians and humanitarian operations.
UNAMID is noted as the first joint UN /AU force and the largest peacek eeping mission.
As of December 2008, it has deployed 15,136 total uniformed personnel, including 12,194 troops, 175 military observers, 2,767 police officers, supported by 786 international civilian personnel, 1,405 local civilianstaff and 266 United Nations Volunteers.