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International Day of UN Peacekeepers – May 29

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Every year 29th May is being celebrated on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

2016 Theme: “Honouring Our Heroes”

First UN Peacekeeping mission founded: 1948

Purpose:                 may-29

Honour the remembrance of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease

Pay tribute to all who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage

UN offices, Member States and Non-governmental organizations are celebrating the day to pay tribute to people who lost their lives

Status of Peacekeepers:

  • Selfless peacekeepers came from 46 countries
  • Majorily from the ranks of military, police, international civil servants, UN Volunteers and national staff
  • Having different backgrounds but all shared equal contribution to keep the peace

Qualities of Peacekeeper: Pride, Distinction and Courage


UN peacekeeping operations mark the Day by holding events:

  • Sporting events
  • School and orphanage visits
  • Art and essay competitions
  • Photo exhibits
  • Neighbourhood clean ups and tree plantings
  • Concerts, conferences and workshops

The UN General Assembly designated Peacekeepers Day in 2002

Previous year celebrations and their themes:

  • 2015: Together for peace – reflecting on the past, present and future of UN Peacekeeping, reaffirming our commitment to working ‘Together for Peace’
  • 2014: A force for the future – focusing on how UN Peacekeeping is evolving to meet new challenges