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International Day of UN Peacekeepers: May 29

Date: 30 May 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed every year across the world on May 29, 2019. Observance of this day aims to pay tribute to invaluable contribution of civilian personnel and honours UN peacekeepers who have sacrificed their lives while rendering peacekeeping services. It also commemorates establishment of first UN peacekeeping mission on May 29, 1948. The theme of 2019 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”.

Background

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was officially proclaimed by UN General Assembly (UNGA) by adopting Resolution 57/129 in December 2002.  The day was instituted on official request of Government of Ukraine and Ukrainian Peacekeepers Association to the UNGA. It was first celebrated in 2003.

Why May 29? The May 29 marks the anniversary of establishment of UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948. It was first UN peacekeeping mission established to monitor ceasefire after Arab-Israeli War 1948.