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International Day of Peacekeepers: Together for Peace

  • 2015 Peacekeeping Day Graphic
As this year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we are reflecting on the past, present and future of UN Peacekeeping and reaffirm our commitment to working 'Together for Peace'.
Start date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015
End date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015
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Since its inception in 1948, the UN has established 69 peacekeeping operations – in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The number of people who have been UN peacekeepers — more than 1 million — far surpasses the total number of staff who had worked for the UN in all other capacities worldwide.

Today, some 125,000 women and men serve in 16 peacekeeping missions across the globe. Our peacekeepers are deployed in some of the world's most challenging and austere environments and mandated with increasingly complex and difficult tasks. Over the decades, UN Peacekeeping has implemented a series of reforms to be both 'fit for purpose' and innovative in the management of our field operations. We continue to strive towards greater performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, introducing new technologies and strengthening our partnerships worldwide.

More than one million people have served as UN peacekeepers since 1948. Today, we are a force of 125,000 uniformed and civilian personnel from nearly every country in the world working #Together4Peace. Meet our women and men serving in some of the world's most challenging and austere environments.

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2015 theme: Together for peace