International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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2023 DateMay 29, 2023
2024 DateMay 29, 2024

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers seeks to honor and pay tribute to all the peacekeepers that lost their lives serving under the United Nation’s flag. This day acknowledges the contributions and efforts of the uniformed and civilian personnel serving under the UN. According to the UN, today there are 95,000 military, police, and civilian peacekeeping personnel deployed in 13 operations around the world.

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established in 2002 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on May 29th.

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Facts about United Nations Peacekeepers

  • The total budget for UN peacekeeping operations for the fiscal year 2022-2023 is approximately $6.45 billion.
  • The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is currently the largest peacekeeping mission, with over 14,000 personnel deployed.
  • Over 120 countries contribute troops and personnel to UN peacekeeping missions. The top contributors are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal, and Egypt.
  • Since the founding of the peacekeepers in 1948, 3,900 peacekeepers have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.
  • For millions in conflict-affected situations around the world, peacekeeping is a necessity and a hope. Let us work together to make peacekeeping more effective in protecting people and advancing peace - UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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