Today, 29th of May marks the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, and we honour the 106 Blue Berets who lost their lives in 2013.
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations help countries in conflicts by observing and monitoring peace process in post-conflicts areas where parties need a neutral party and assist in peace agreements in order to create a lasting peace.
In a message to the Peacekeepers, United Nations Secretary General said: “Let us all commit to following the selfless examples of our fallen heroes, as we work together to help our blue helmets be a force for peace, a force for change, and a force for the future”.
Peacekeeping was born during the Cold War time in 1948, with its first mission in the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).
Till this day the number of
For this year’s UN Peacekeeping theme was:“A Force for Peace, A Force for Change, and A Force for the Future”.
As of 30 April 2014, the Budget approved for the Blue Helmets was $2.8 billion. And the UN Peacekeeping workforce consists of:
85,514 serving troops and military observers
11,924 police personnel
5,245 international civilian personnel (31 March 2014)
11,757 local civilian staff (31 March 2014)
2,022 UN Volunteers
With 122 countries that contributed military and police personnel
The newest established peacekeeping operation was in the Central African Republic where violence has spread. Other current significant operations include Mali and South Sudan.
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