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International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2024

Fit for the Future, Building Better Together

On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, we honour their extraordinary contributions to international peace and security. 

Since 1948, more than two million peacekeepers have served in 71 missions, helping countries navigate the difficult path from war to peace. Currently, more than 76,000 peacekeepers from more than 120 countries are deployed in 11 global operations. Their hard work and commitment helps foster peace and stability for millions impacted by conflict. Despite evolving challenges, peacekeepers remain steadfast in safeguarding civilians, saving and transforming lives and promoting peace.  

Observed annually on May 29th, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers honors the establishment of the UN's first peacekeeping mission, UNTSO, which was deployed in 1948. We recognize the bravery and commitment of all peacekeepers who serve globally and pay our respects to those who sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of peace. 

This year, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Peacekeepers under the theme, "Fit for the Future: Building Better Together.

This theme acknowledges UN Peacekeeping's crucial role in helping countries transition from conflict to peace over 75 years and supports the Secretary-General's New Agenda for Peace to address future crises and conflicts effectively. It emphasizes the importance of fostering collaboration and innovation to address the evolving challenges of peacekeeping effectively. As global conflicts continue to change, UN Peacekeeping operations continue to adapt to the unique needs and circumstances of each mission.  

The upcoming Summit of the Future in September presents a unique opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to peacekeeping and to address the challenges that lie ahead.   

On this International Day of Peacekeepers, we extend our appreciation to all our partners in peace, which include UN agencies, humanitarian organizations, the local communities we serve, women, youth, media professionals, host governments, troop and police contributing countries, member states, and many others. 

To mark this occasion, the Department of Peace Operations launched a month-long social media campaign. Over the month of May, we will share inspiring stories of peacekeepers and the powerful partnerships that drive progress, peace, and sustainable development, ultimately creating a better future for all. This initiative aims to raise awareness and foster continued support for the essential work of UN Peacekeepers worldwide.  

We invite you to join our call to action by participating in UN Peacekeeping's online and on-the-ground campaign.  

For more information, follow @UNPeacekeeping on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tiktok  and use the hashtags #Peacebegins and #PKDay to share your own content. Visit the interactive site below for more digital content.