- May 29 -

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

The 'International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers', May 29, is 'a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who...

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

The 'International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers', May 29, is 'a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.'
It was so designated by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/129, on December 11, 2002 after official request of Ukrainian Peacekeepers Association and Government of Ukraine to UN General Assembly and first celebrated in 2003. The date, May 29, marks the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), in 1948 to monitor the ceasefire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was the first ever UN peacekeeping mission.
The day is marked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City with the presentation of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, statements by the President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General a press release regarding the state of UN Peacekeeping missions and the continued necessity of their work.
There are also observances around the world, often countries will honor their own peacekeepers abroad, but the UN also organizes festivals, discussion forums, and memorials in cooperation with local and national groups.
In 2009, the UN put a special focus on the role of and need for women in peacekeeping, both as role models and also to serve in a number of gender-specific capacities.
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_United_Nations_Peacekeepers

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