On May 29 every year, International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated to honour the contribution of fallen security personnel.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel’s indispensable contribution.
In around last 70 years, more than 1 million men and women have served under the United Nations flag. Currently, more than 100,000 military, police and civilian personnel from 125 countries serve in 14 peacekeeping operations.
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated on May 29 every year. On this day, people pay tribute to military, police or civilians who served in UN Peacekeeping programs and operations. The dedication and courage of these personnel are applauded and those who lost their lives in keeping peace are honoured.
Significance of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2020
The United Nations General Assembly appointed May 29 as the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
This is the date when the first United Nations peacekeeping mission, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) had begun its operations in the Middle East in 1948.
Theme of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2020
The theme for International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2020 is ‘Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace’ to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
The United Nations has called for development of the role and contribution of women in its operations, including the uniformed peacekeepers. Its focus is on fostering the participation of women in peacekeeping as well as within the society. They serve as police officers, troops, pilots, military observers, and other uniformed and civilian posts, including in command positions.
Celebration of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2020
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2020 will be celebrated through a virtual medium.
The world is going through one of the greatest challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore the frontline workers are assisting governments and local communities in giving the response to the pandemic.
The efforts of women peacekeepers looking at the current constraints and strenuous circumstances has been great. Their dedication to fighting with the pandemic and maintaining peace is commendable.
India’s contribution to UN peacekeeping
India is one of the largest contributors to UN Peacekeeping. Indian peacekeepers have made the prime sacrifice while serving in UN missions.
It currently contributes more than 5,000 security personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations in Abyei, Cyprus, Congo, Lebanon, the Middle East, Sudan, South Sudan, Western Sahara and an expert to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
Source: India today