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World Celebrates International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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Observed annually on May 9, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers honors the invaluable contributions of UN peacekeepers in maintaining global peace and security.

The theme for the 2024 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Fit for the Future, Building Better Together.”

The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002. This day serves as a tribute to the bravery, dedication, and sacrifice of both current and former peacekeepers, as well as those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Since the establishment of the first UN peacekeeping mission in 1948, over a million men and women from diverse backgrounds and nations have served under the UN flag.

These peacekeepers play a critical role in conflict zones around the world, tasked with complex and multifaceted responsibilities that range from monitoring ceasefires and protecting civilians to disarming ex-combatants and supporting the rule of law.

Also, their presence not only stabilizes regions fraught with violence but also facilitates the delivery of humanitarian aid and the creation of conditions conducive to sustainable peace.

The significance of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers extends beyond mere commemoration; it is an opportunity to reflect on the evolving nature of peacekeeping in a rapidly changing global landscape.

Moreover, Modern peacekeeping operations are increasingly multidimensional, often involving a blend of military, police, and civilian personnel working collaboratively to address the root causes of conflict and build lasting peace.

This integrated approach underscores the need for robust international cooperation and adequate resources to support the complex mandates of peacekeeping missions.

Throughout the day, various international Organizations and Governments of Countries took to social media to convey their thought about the day.

The United Nations expressed its thoughts: “For 76 years, UN peacekeepers have helped change and save the lives of millions of people in some of the World’s most fragile political and security contexts. Peacekeeping plays an indispensable role in addressing today’s challenges and is evolving to meet the challenges of the future”.

Additionally, UN Peacekeeping wrote on social media, “Happy International Day of UN Peacekeepers! Today, we recognize the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers, past and present, and the commitment of the communities they serve to the cause of peace”.

Furthermore, the Government of Pakistan shared its perspective on the occasion, “The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed annually to highlight the vital role of UN peacekeeping forces in maintaining global peace.

The Government of Pakistan pays tribute to our Pakistani peacekeeping forces, who demonstrate extraordinary skill and dedication in fulfilling the mission of the United Nations peacekeeping forces”.

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is a profound acknowledgment of the pivotal role that peacekeepers play in fostering global peace and stability.

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It is a day to honor their courage, remember their sacrifices, and reaffirm the international community’s commitment to supporting their vital work.

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