Peacekeeping is an investment in global peace, security, and prosperity. It is a flagship enterprise of the United Nations. Peacekeeping by the United Nations is a role held by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as "a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict creates the conditions for lasting peace". It is distinguished from both peace building and peacemaking.
The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is celebrated each year on the 29th of May. The day offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilians personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the organization. It is a day to honour more than 3,500 peacekeepers that have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 117 last year.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, in tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. The Assembly designated 29 May as the Day because it was the date in 1948 when the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the world body’s first peacekeeping mission, began operations in Palestine.
The theme for the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace Around the World.”Over time, peacekeeping has grown from simply monitoring ceasefires to protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants, protecting humanrights, promoting the rule of law, supporting free and fair elections, minimizing the risk of land-mines and so much more. They have also work to ensure that women are fully represented in peace processes, political life, and in branches of government including in uniformed services. All of these efforts are fundamental investments in building lasting peace.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), have organised several events on peace with an aim to promote peaceful and inclusive society in the minds of young people. We believe young people have a crucial role to play in establishing a culture of peace positive force for promoting and maintaining peace, development and change in the world.
Lets us all be part of the peacekeeping in our societies, communities and our countries!
Happy international day of UN peacekeepers!