The International Day of UN was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002. In South Africa, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed as a tribute to the significant contribution of South African peacekeepers and to express gratitude for this vital work that supports peace and stability globally. This day also honors those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
South Africa has a proud history of contributing to various UN peacekeeping missions since the 1990s. South African soldiers served in peace operations in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), among others. Currently, South Africa is a significant contributor to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, with over 1,200 troops deployed.
The day is marked by wreath-laying ceremonies at various UN peacekeeping monuments and memorials across the country, including the Wall of Remembrance at the Department of Defence in Pretoria. Schools and communities are encouraged to join in celebrating this special day and honouring the courageous work of peacekeepers. The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed worldwide on the 29th of May each year.
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