For more than 70 years, the United Nations has established peacekeeping missions to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace. In fact, peacekeeping has proven to become one of the most effective tools available to the UN to assist these countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (#ProtectingPeace, #PKDay) celebrated on May 29th each year, offers the chance to pay tribute to more than 1 million men and women who have served in 72 peacekeeping missions throughout the world. It’s also a time to honor and remember more than 3,800 peacekeepers – both uniformed and civilian – who have lost their lives trying to help keep the peace.
This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first explicit civilian-related peacekeeping mission, the theme is “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace.” Protecting and helping the innocent people caught in the middle of conflict has increasingly been at the heart of UN peacekeeping missions.