May 29th is a day chosen by the United Nations to honour both military and civilian personnel who have contributed so much to the world as Peacekeepers and even lost their lives while doing so.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was first celebrated on May 29, 1948, and the date remains until this day to specially honour almost 4,000 Peacekeepers who died while serving under the United Nations’ flag and working for the peace of civilians.
The theme for the 2019 UN Peacekeepers Day is “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”; this was chosen to educate the society about the importance of the protection of civilians. The theme for this year will be used to mark the 20th anniversary of the first peacekeeping mission embarked on to Sierra Leone to protect civilians.
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a day set apart to appreciate men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of other people’s lives during the times of uncertainty.
The Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) joins the United Nations to celebrate all Peacekeepers in the different Peacekeeping operations around the world on this special day for their efforts in impacting lives while ensuring the safety and protection of the vulnerable.