more than 70 years, UN Peacekeeping has proven
to be a legitimate, reliable and effective
tool in facilitating the transition from conflict
to peace. Fifteen years ago, the UN had fewer
than 40,000 Military and police personnel.
Today, more than 105,000 uniformed personnel
from 124 troop- and police-contributing countries
serve under the UN flag, along with 18,000
international and national civilian staff
and UN Volunteers. They courageously risk
their lives in order to bring stability to
some of the world’s most vulnerable
As the size,
complexity and accomplishments of peacekeeping
have grown, unfortunately so have the risks
as the ‘Blue Helmets’ are increasingly
and directly targeted. Last year, the list
of fallen numbered 129. These selfless peacekeepers
came from 46 countries, and hailed from the
ranks of military, police, international civil
servants, UN Volunteers and national staff.
They all had vastly different backgrounds,
but all shared heroism and the belief that
UN peacekeeping is, and must, remain a global
force for good.
our Heroes” – the more than one
million women and men who have served under
the ‘blue flag’ with pride, distinction
and courage ever since the first UN peacekeeping
mission was deployed in 1948.
the world - While the official International
Day of United Nations Peacekeeper’s
Day is on 29 May, UN Headquarters in New York
will celebrate on 19 May. The Secretary-General
will preside over a wreath-laying ceremony
in honour of all peacekeepers who have lost
their lives while serving under the UN flag.
the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded
posthumously to the peacekeepers who have
fallen while serving in the cause of peace,
during the preceding year.UN peacekeeping
operations mark the Day by strengthening bonds
with the local populations that they have
been deployed to serve. For example, by holding
sporting events, school and orphanage visits,
art and essay competitions, photo exhibits,
neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts,
and conferences and workshops on peace issues.
Events around the world will be shared through
the tag #Together4Peace.
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