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International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2022

People Peace Progress: The Power of Partnerships
Every day, United Nations peacekeepers work to protect hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in the world’s most fragile political and security situations.

Civilian and uniformed personnel in peacekeeping missions support ceasefires, prevent and respond to violence, investigate human rights violations and abuses, and help build peace, recovery, and development in many conflict-affected countries. There is no doubt that lives are saved and changed by their presence. 

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May is an opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice of the more than one million personnel who have served under the blue flag since 1948. It is also a chance to honour the memory of the more than 4,000 peacekeepers who lost their lives in the cause of peace.

This year, the United Nations will mark the occasion under the theme, People Peace Progress: The Power of Partnerships.

Peacekeeping is just one of many tools used by the United Nations to help secure global peace and security. It is a collective enterprise. Standing alone, we can never succeed. But, together with partners, we are strong and changing lives for the better. 

Today, we thank all those who work with us in the pursuit of peace, including other UN entities, humanitarians, the communities we serve, women and youth, media, academia, traditional and faith-based leaders, host governments, Troop and Police Contributing Countries, Member States, and many others.

We also issue a call to action by joining UN Peacekeeping’s campaign online and on the ground, as we highlight the stories of peacekeeping and the power of partnerships that help us secure peace, progress and sustainable development.

Join our social media campaign #PeoplePeaceProgress and download the social media package.

Stories of Change

Series: People for Peace


Blog: Five ways that UN Peacekeeping partnerships drive peace and development

Media Centre

Press releases: 

Observing International Day, Secretary-General to Commemorate Fallen Peacekeepers, Award Medal for Exceptional Courage, Honour Military Gender Advocate of Year

Fallen Chadian Captain Honoured with UN Peacekeeping’s Highest Award

Zimbabwean peacekeeper selected as United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year 2021 Award


UN Secretary-General António Guterres at Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage, Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award and Dag Hammerskjöld Medal Ceremony

Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix at Dag Hammarskjöld Medal awards ceremony

Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Mr. Atul Khare at Dag Hammarskjöld medal awards ceremony


An outstanding soldier with the kindest heart: Captain Abdelrazakh Hamit Bahar of Tchad posthumously awarded the Captain Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage

Making History: Major Winnet Zharare becomes the first Zimbabwean peacekeeper to receive the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award

The power of partnerships: Why supporting our peacekeepers matters more now than ever

For media inquiries please contact:

Hector Calderon (Mr.)
Public Information Officer (en français, en español)
P: +1 212-963-4203
M: +1 917-226-5219
E: hector.calderon@un.org

To view previous years' themes for International Day of UN Peacekeepers click here.