29 May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN offices, alongside Member States and non-governmental organizations, hold solemn events to honour fallen peacekeepers.
At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General presides over a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. In addition, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who have fallen while serving in the cause of peace, during the preceding year.
Since the first UN Peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, more than 2,900 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease.The day has two purposes:
More information on Peacekeepers Day can be found on a number of websites and Social Media channels.
The official twitter account of United Nations Peacekeeping.
These are a great set of clips about the work of UN Peacekeeping featuring USG Le Roy, USG Malcorra, the Secretary-General and many other senior DPKO and DFS personnel. The films are short (just a few minutes) and give a great overview of their work:
Part 1 - What is Peacekeeping?
Part 2 - Peacekeeping in Action: Haiti, A Special Report
Part 3 - Challenges of Peacekeeping
Part 4 - Why Peacekeeping?
Part 5 - Haiti Update 2010
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