Dear Colleagues, Fellow peacekeepers. Good Morning!
We are gathered here today to commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This is organized 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 honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
Further to this, the event is organized across all UN offices to honour fallen 3,358 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace peacekeepers, since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948 until today.
Dear Colleagues, this year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The theme of this year’s UN peacekeepers’ Day is “UN 70 and UN Peacekeeping: Past, Present, and Future” with the aim to reflect on the evolution of UN peacekeeping, the current state of play and the challenges of tomorrow’s complex peace operations, as well as to reaffirm our commitment to working 'Together for Peace'.
Since the inception of peacekeeping in 1948, the UN has established 71 peacekeeping operations – in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.