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