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International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2024 Celebrated Annually on May 29th

On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, celebrated annually on May 29th, we honour the extraordinary contributions of peacekeepers towards international peace and security. Since the establishment of the first UN peacekeeping mission in 1948, more than two million peacekeepers have served in 71 missions, helping countries navigate from war to peace.

Current Peacekeeping Missions and Their Impact

Currently, over 76,000 peacekeepers from more than 120 countries are deployed across 11 global operations. Their hard work and commitment help foster peace and stability for millions affected by conflict. Despite evolving challenges, peacekeepers remain steadfast in safeguarding civilians, saving and transforming lives, and promoting peace.

Honouring the Establishment of UN Peacekeeping

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers honours the establishment of the UN’s first peacekeeping mission, UNTSO, which was deployed in 1948. On this day, we recognize the bravery and commitment of all peacekeepers who serve globally and pay our respects to those who sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of peace.

This Year’s Theme: “Fit for the Future: Building Better Together”

This year, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Peacekeepers under the theme, “Fit for the Future: Building Better Together.” This theme acknowledges UN Peacekeeping’s crucial role in helping countries transition from conflict to peace over 75 years and supports the Secretary-General’s New Agenda for Peace to address future crises and conflicts effectively.

Emphasizing Collaboration and Innovation

The theme emphasizes the importance of fostering collaboration and innovation to address the evolving challenges of peacekeeping effectively. As global conflicts continue to change, UN Peacekeeping operations must adapt to the unique needs and circumstances of each mission.

Summit of the Future: Reaffirming Commitment to Peacekeeping

The upcoming Summit of the Future in September presents a unique opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to peacekeeping and address the challenges that lie ahead.

Appreciating Partners in Peace

On this International Day of Peacekeepers, we extend our appreciation to all our partners in peace, including UN agencies, humanitarian organizations, local communities, women, youth, media professionals, host governments, troop and police contributing countries, member states, and many others.

Social Media Campaign: Sharing Stories of Peacekeepers

To mark this occasion, the Department of Peace Operations launched a month-long social media campaign. During the month of May, inspiring stories of peacekeepers and the powerful partnerships that drive progress, peace, and sustainable development will be shared, ultimately creating a better future for all. This initiative aims to raise awareness and foster continued support for the essential work of UN Peacekeepers worldwide.

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  • United Nations Truce Supervision Organization Headquarters: Jerusalem;
  • United Nations Truce Supervision Organization Founded: 29 May 1948.

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