International Day of United Nation Of peacekeepers: Action for Peacekeeping

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29 May is observed annually as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to honor the people who lost their lives in the cause of peace and the one who have served and continue to serve in United Nations Peacekeeping operation for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage. Over seven decades, in 71 peacekeeping operations, more than one million men and women have served under the United Nations flag which directly impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of people, cushioning the world in peril and saving countless lives. Immense sacrifices have been made by our peacekeepers, often serving at great personal risk and under challenging conditions. The families of peacekeepers and their governments share this sacrifice.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UN peacekeeping, the flagship enterprise of the world body described by Guterres as “a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity.”  The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established in 2002 to pay tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping and to honour the memory of those who died in the cause of peace. The UN General Assembly designated 29 May as the Day because it was the date in 1948 when the first UN peacekeeping mission – the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation — began operations in the Middle East.

UN peacekeeping is a flexible, evolving instrument that brings together political, security and technical tools at its disposal to assist countries to make the difficult transition from conflict to peace. In March this year, the Secretary-General launched a new initiative, “Action for Peacekeeping,” aimed at improving performance and ensuring peacekeeping operations are fit for purpose in the face of ever more complex and dangerous theatres of operation. The initiative calls on Member States, the Security Council and troop- and police- contributing countries for refocusing of peacekeeping with realistic expectations, mobilizing greater support for political solutions and, making peacekeeping missions stronger and safer by deploying well-equipped and well-trained forces, including more women to our operations.

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