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International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers observed across the world

May 30, 2014 18:31 IST

29 May - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

The international Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on 29 May 2014. The theme of year 2014: UN PEACEKEEPING: A Force for Peace. A Force for Change.  A Force for the Future.

The day celebrations include the honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. Besides, the Dag Hammarskjold Medal is awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who lost the lives while serving in the cause of peace, during the preceding year.

About International Day of UN peacekeepers
The General Assembly adopted the resolution in 2003 and designated 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
The day was celebrated annually
• To honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace;
• To pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.

US Peacekeeping operation use the day to strengthen bonds with the local populations like holding sporting events, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibits, neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts, and conferences and workshops on peace issues.

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