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International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
by The Ovi Team
2018-05-29 09:12:47
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29 May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The day has two purposes: to honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace;  and to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.

 



On 29 May, 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 2,990 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease. UN peacekeeping operations use the Day to strengthen bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve. For example by holding sporting events, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibits, neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts, and conferences and workshops on peace issues.


 


        
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Emanuel Paparella2014-05-29 11:21:12
Indeed, the UN Peacekeepers are the best exemplification of what Pope Paul VI meant by the slogan: "If you want peace, work for justice." One is not possible without the other.


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