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Friday, 27 May 2016

International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2016, 29 May

Día Internacional del Personal de Paz de la ONU, 29 de mayo.
Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies, 29 mai.
International Day of UN Peacekeepers, 29 May.

2016 Theme: “Honouring Our Heroes
Tema de 2016: «Honrando a nuestros héroes»
Тема 2016 года: «Чествуем наших героев»
Thème 2016 : «Rendons hommage à nos héros»
شعار عام 2016: “تكريم أبطالنا

The confidence that the world places in United Nations peacekeeping is reflected in its massive growth in recent years, in terms of both numbers and complexity. Fifteen years ago, the UN had fewer than 40,000 military and police personnel. Today, more than 105,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop- and police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, along with 18,000 international and national civilian staff and UN Volunteers. They manifest the best attributes of global solidarity, courageously serving in dangerous environments to provide security to some of the world’s most vulnerable.
Over the past year, the ‘Blue Helmets’ deployed across 16 peacekeeping operations around the world have saved countless lives, advanced peace and inspired hope. In South Sudan, more than 200,000 civilians who feared for their lives sought shelter at UN bases. In the Central African Republic, peacekeepers successfully supported landmark presidential and legislative elections that have set the once deeply troubled country on a path to peace and stability. Peacekeepers have confronted armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and disarmed ex-combatants. In Mali, peacekeepers have suffered grave losses that have not deterred them from implementing their mandate. In Haiti, UN Police and civilian experts have helped to mitigate gang violence. When fears of Ebola spread around the world, peacekeepers in Liberia provided security as international experts contained the spread of the virus.
In many countries, UN mine-action personnel have transformed danger zones littered with landmines and explosive remnants of war, including cluster munitions, into areas that can be used for schools, hospitals and farms.
As the size, complexity and accomplishments of peacekeeping have grown, unfortunately so have the risks. Before the millennium, about three dozen peacekeepers lost their lives each year; now that figure has spiked on average to 120.
Last year, the list of fallen numbered 129. These peacekeepers came from 50 countries, hailing from the ranks of the military, police, international civil servants, UN Volunteers and national staff. They had vastly different backgrounds, but all shared heroism and the belief that UN peacekeeping is and must remain a global force for good.
That is why it is critical to end the deeply disturbing cases of sexual exploitation and abuse on the part of international forces deployed to troubled areas. I have been unrelenting in my call for a focus on the victims. And I am proactively addressing this serious problem at every opportunity while calling on Member States, which alone have the power to discipline their forces, to impose severe consequences that provide a full measure of justice and healing to the affected communities.
Last year, I appointed a High-Level Independent Panel to review how UN peace operations can be strengthened to better meet current and emerging challenges. We are now actively engaged in adapting UN peace operations, making clear improvements to make them faster, more responsive and more accountable to countries and, most importantly, the people we are deployed to serve.
On this International Day of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, we honour our heroes – the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with pride, distinction and courage since the first deployment in 1948. And we pay our highest tribute to the more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while in service during that period. We are forever in their debt. And we pledge today to realize the full potential of United Nations peacekeeping to usher in a better future.
Ban Ki-moon

Messages and Remarks

Forum : International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers - 29 May.
Commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (Geneva 31 May 2016)

 Screening of “UN, last station before hell” followed by Panel Discussion on “Honouring our Heroes” at the UN office at Geneva commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
The theme for the 2016 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Honouring our Heroes.” The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the "Blue Helmets" invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 128 last year. Today, more than 124,000 military, police and civilian personnel are deployed in 16 peacekeeping operations on four continents.
UNPA issues stamps that feature images of the important work of UN peacekeepers around the world. The stamps are part of a joint stamp issuance with Austrian Post at the World Stamp Show in New York

Hervé Ladsous (DPKO) and Atul Khare (Field Support) International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers - Press Conference (26 May 2016)  UN Web TV

Briefing to the media by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, and Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

More than 95 % of the UN Peacekeepers work in Missions with a protection of civilians mandate.

 Events : Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Awards

The Security Council established the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal as a posthumous award to members of peacekeeping operations "as a tribute to the sacrifice of those who have lost their life as a result of service in peacekeeping operations under the operational control and authority of the United Nations".

List of Fallen Peacekeepers to be awarded the Dag Hammarsköld Medal in 2016.

UN Peackeepers honoured at U.N. Headquarters : Mr. Ban presided over a ceremony during which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal was awarded posthumously to 129 Military, Police and Civilian Personnel who lost their lives while serving in Peacekeeping Operations during 2015.

List of Fallen UN Peacekeepers to be awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at 19 May 2016 ceremony - LIST( 1)
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List of Fallen UN Peacekeepers to be awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at 19 May 2016 ceremony - LIST( 3)

List of Fallen UN Peacekeepers to be awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at 19 May 2016 ceremony - LIST( 4)

UN peacekeeping operations mark the Day by strengthening bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve. For example, by holding sporting events, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibits, neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts, and conferences and workshops on peace issues. Events around the world will be shared through the tag #Together4Peace.

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