INTERNATIONAL PEACEHOLDERS DAY 2022: May 29 marks the International Day of the UN (United Nations) Peacekeepers. This day is celebrated to recognize the service and sacrifice of the more than one million personnel who have served under the Blue Flag since 1948.
International Day of UN Peacekeepers also provides an opportunity to honor approximately 4,200 peacekeepers who have since died serving under the UN flag, including 135 who lost battle last year. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said this year’s emphasis is on the power of partnerships.
The Secretary-General stated that peace is achieved when governments and societies join forces to resolve disputes through dialogue and build a culture of nonviolence to protect the most vulnerable.
That is why the theme of this year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers is ‘People. Peace. Progress. The power of partnerships.”
Peacekeeping is one of many tools used by the United Nations to ensure global peace and security. UN Peacekeepers is a collective enterprise that aims to change lives for the better.
In the pursuit of peace, this wing is assisted by other UN entities, humanitarian organizations, the communities we serve, women and youth, media, academia, traditional and faith-based leaders, host governments, countries deploying troops and police contributions, Member States and many others.
In 2021, peacekeepers faced unprecedented challenges and threats. They had to deal not only with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also with the need to continue to support and protect the civilian population in the countries in which they were deployed.
The first UN peacekeeping mission was established on May 29, 1948, when the Security Council sent a small number of UN military observers to the Middle East to form the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) to oversee the ceasefire agreement. between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Since 1948, more than 1 million people have served in UN peacekeeping operations, 72 of them in number.
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