International Day of UN Peacekeepers: 29 May 2017

Date: 
Mon 29/05/17

The United Nations General Assembly designated 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. 

The day has two purposes:

  • 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.

On 29 May, UN offices, alongside Member States and non-governmental organizations, hold solemn events to honour fallen peacekeepers. Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, more than 3,220 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease.

UN Peacekeeping operations use the Day to strengthen bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve. For example by 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.

The theme for this year's International Day of UN Peacekeeps has not yet been announced.