Media Invitation: International Day of UN Peacekeepers


A ceremony was held in NY, in connection with International Day of UN Peacekeepers to pay tributes to all those peacekeepers, who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.

Besides, Guterres also honoured the memory of the 163 Indian peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty under the UN Flag.

The two laid down their lives while serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations past year.

Two Indian peacekeepers were among 117 military, police and civilian personnel honoured here Wednesday with a prestigious United Nations medal for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.

These included 117 military, police and civilian peacekeepers from 43 countries. At a reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN on International Day of UN Peacekeepers yesterday, Guterres noted that India is the second-largest troop contributor to peacekeeping missions.

Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare said that United Nations peacekeeping is an investment in global peace, security and prosperity, and remains the most reliable and used tool by the worldwide community to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres attended a moment of silence on the occasion to remember the fallen peacekeepers, from forty three countries, including Pakistan, who died in service a year ago.

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"Their sacrifice only strengthens our commitment to ensuring that United Nations peacekeepers continue protecting civilians in harm's way, promoting human rights and the rule of law, removing landmines, advancing negotiations and securing a better future in the places they are deployed", Guterres said in a video message.

For his part, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said: "We pay our greatest respects to the committed and courageous peacekeepers who are no longer with us today". Currently, 16 peacekeeping operations are deployed in countries and regions including Haiti, Central African Republic, Western Sahara, and Kosovo.

So far, about 168 Indian troops have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty under the UN Flag.

Speaking of China's contribution to the peacekeeping operation in Mali, Davidse said "we greatly admire our Chinese fellow peacekeepers working on protection, medical care, and engineering". It now deploys more than 7,100 uniformed personnel to the United Nations peace operations in the Central African Republic, Ivoy Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Liberia, South Sudan, Sudan and the Western Sahara.

"Today, more than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop-and-police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, alongside more than 15,000 global and national civilian staff and almost 1,600 United Nations Volunteers".

Bangladesh first participated in the peacekeeping operations in 1988.