International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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2024 DateMay 29, 2024
2025 DateMay 29, 2025

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International Day of UN Peacekeepers History

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is dedicated to acknowledging the contributions, sacrifices, and commitment of UN peacekeeping forces in their quest to uphold global peace and security. The day is significant as it honors the invaluable work done by these peacekeepers in conflict-ridden regions, including facilitating dialogue and negotiations, safeguarding human rights, and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid. The UN peacekeepers, who hail from various nations, play an indispensable role in aiding transition from conflict to peace.

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers ties back to 1948 when the first UN peacekeeping mission, known as the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), was initiated. Over the past seven decades, America has consistently contributed personnel, resources, and often significant policy input to UN peacekeeping efforts. As one of the UN’s founding members and its largest financial contributor, the US plays a vital role in Peacekeeping operations. Thousands of Americans have served as UN peacekeepers, demonstrating America's commitment to global peace and security.

In America, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed with various activities that heighten awareness about the work of UN peacekeepers. These often include panel discussions, briefings, and exhibitions that highlight the work of peacekeepers around the world, including those from the US. Per the UN General Assembly resolution 57/129, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers is officially observed on May 29 each year, serving as a reminder and opportunity for people in America to understand, appreciate, and support the work of peacekeepers worldwide.

Facts about United Nations Peacekeepers

  • The total budget for UN peacekeeping operations for the fiscal year 2022-2023 is approximately $6.45 billion.
  • The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is currently the largest peacekeeping mission, with over 14,000 personnel deployed.
  • Over 120 countries contribute troops and personnel to UN peacekeeping missions. The top contributors are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal, and Egypt.
  • Since the founding of the peacekeepers in 1948, 3,900 peacekeepers have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.
  • For millions in conflict-affected situations around the world, peacekeeping is a necessity and a hope. Let us work together to make peacekeeping more effective in protecting people and advancing peace - UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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