The Peace Begins with Me campaign recognizes the service and sacrifice of United Nations peacekeepers, past and present, and the resilience of the communities they serve.
Around the world, millions of people are suffering immense harm from conflict. Their lives are torn apart by death, destruction, and displacement.
For 75 years, more than two million peacekeepers have worked to save and change lives in the world’s most fragile political and security situations.
They are ordinary people working in difficult and dangerous conditions to help secure sustainable peace and progress - inspiring us all to take action for peace.
Peacekeepers help to prevent conflict, protect civilians, advance political solutions, and support democratic processes. They promote human rights, build capacity of state institutions, and ensure that women and youth lead and participate in peace processes and nation-building.
Today, peacekeeping is more challenging than ever amidst rising global political tensions. Conflicts are more complex and prolonged, peacekeepers face terrorists, armed groups and their allies who have access to powerful modern weapons and technology. Misinformation and disinformation are fueling violence against our personnel and partners.
Despite these challenges, peacekeepers persevere, alongside many partners, in the collective pursuit of peace. They are constantly searching for new ways to be more progressive, innovative, and effective through the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) and A4P+ initiatives , which set ambitious goals and priority areas for progress.
UN Peacekeeping at 75 Video
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
29 May, New York
Celebrated under the theme "Peace begins with me," the International Day honors the invaluable contribution of uniformed and civilian peacekeepers to the United Nations and the communities that they serve. More information is available here .
Download the social media package for the month-long campaign here.
2023 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial
5-6 December, Accra, Ghana
The Ministerial is an important opportunity for Member States to strengthen the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations and their impact on the communities they serve. In 2021, the Ministerial was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea Learn more about this year's event to be held in Accra, Ghana.