The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was created to celebrate the people who serve with the force and veterans of the service, pay tribute to those who have lost their lives trying to make the world a better place through the force and help bring awareness of this force for good in the world. While many are aware of the Peacekeepers, very few are aware of what missions it carries out constantly.
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 uninformed 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.
This year, the United Nations celebrates the 70th anniversary of UN peacekeeping, a unique and dynamic instrument developed to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. The first UN peacekeeping mission was established on 29 May 1948, when the Security Council authorized the deployment of a small number of UN military observers to the Middle East to form the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
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 “UN Peacekeepers: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice”. The day, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the contributions of uniformed and civilian personnel to the work of the organisation and to honour more than 3,700 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 129 who died last year.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we recognise a legacy of service and sacrifice around the world. We have organised several events on peace with an aim to promote the 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!