“The world has made remarkable progress since the United Nations was born 66 years ago today. We are living longer. More of our children survive. More and more of us live at peace, under democratic rule of law. As we have seen in this dramatic year, people everywhere are standing up for their rights and human freedoms. Never has the United Nations been so needed”, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said in his message to mark the UN Day.
UNDOF celebrated on this occasion a joint festivity involving all contingents in order to prepare and display some of their cultural traditions and culinary specialties. The Austrian peacekeepers demonstrated both a popular ice stock sport demonstration, cultural folk music and a breath-taking acrobatic rescue rappelling performance. The Indian and Filipino contingents presented some of their folklore dances and traditional music. The colourfully-dressed dancers twirled round the dance floor in delightful harmony. This was followed by a humoristic Japanese Samurai sketch and a fascinating martial arts performance.