nternational Day of United Nations Peacekeepers Current Affairs
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on 29 May 2016 to honour the work of UN peacekeepers.
Significance of Day
- Honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
- Pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.
2016 theme: “Honouring Our Heroes”.
On this day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the nearly 3,500 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) also issued a set of six new stamps for the occasion.
- United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had designated May 29 as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers by passing Resolution 57/129 in December 2002.
- The May 29 marks the anniversary of creation of United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948.
- It was established to monitor the ceasefire after the Arab-Israeli War 1948, which was the first ever peacekeeping mission under the UN flag.
- The day was designated on official request of the Ukrainian Peacekeepers Association and Government of Ukraine to the UNGA. It was first celebrated in 2003.