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UN Secretary-General calls for support for peacekeepers, as today marks International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
 
From: CEOAFRICA REPORTER: Boluwatife Oparinde
Wed, 29 May 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

International Day of United Nations Peacemakers 2024 is celebrated on 29th May, promoting peaceful resolutions to conflicts around the world.

For 76 years, United Nations peacekeepers have worked to save and change lives in the world’s most fragile political and security situations. Since 1948, more than two million uniformed and civilian personnel have helped countries to transition from war to peace. Today, more than 70,000 peacekeepers serve in 11 missions deployed in hotspots around the world.

Observed under the theme “Fit for the future, building better together,” this year’s International Day looks at the invaluable contributions military, police and civilian peacekeepers have made over the last seven decades. It encapsulates the spirit of progress and collective action towards creating a more equal, just and sustainable world.

Over the years, peacekeeping has evolved to adapt to the changing political landscape and nature of conflicts which have become more complex and interconnected. With support from UN member countries, it continues to advance the path outlined in the UN Secretary-General’s New Agenda for Peace which calls for a more robust, holistic and collective response to the security threats of today and tomorrow.

Despite the challenges, peacekeepers persevere, alongside many partners, in the collective pursuit of peace. The International Day pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers and the resilience of the communities that they serve. It honours the more than 4,000 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving for peace.

In his message for the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, António Guterres called for the world’s support to “those who work for peace: The UN peacekeepers.”

“In order for our peacekeepers to respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow, they need the world’s support,” he said.

Celebrating the efforts of the peacekeepers, he said “Day in and day out, at great personal risk, these women and men bravely work in some of the most dangerous and unstable places on earth to protect civilians, uphold human rights, support elections and strengthen institutions. They are part of a long tradition. For over 75 years, United Nations peacekeepers have supported communities rocked by conflict and upheaval across 71 missions. More than 4,300 have paid the ultimate price while serving under the UN flag. We will never forget them.”

“September’s Summit of the Future will be a moment for countries to carry ideas forward through a New Agenda for Peace, which links peacekeeping with all efforts to prevent and end conflict,” he hinted.

 

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