The International Day of Peace is observed each year on September 21. UN Peacekeepers around the world will receive notes like the one signed by Secretary Kerry thanking them for their sacrifice & valuable contributions to global peace and security.
"State in 60 Seconds" Video — International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
About the Author: Victoria K. Holt serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.
As May 29 is International Day of UN Peacekeepers, it is an optimal moment to reflect on the work we support by peacekeeping missions, perhaps the best known symbol of the international community’s efforts for peace. As the UN has noted today, since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, more than 2,990 military, police, and civilian personnel have lost their lives serving in these missions. Certainly we see the challenge today, as missions try to address fresh violence in Syria, Sudan, and the eastern Congo. What is this about?
Like anyone who has visited some of the more than 100,000 people worldwide who serve in UN missions, I am struck by the effort involved. Civilians, police, and military personnel wake up every morning to… more »
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29 marks the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. On May 27, 2011, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, released the following statement:
"On the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the United States salutes the brave men and women who prevent conflict, save lives, and provide hope to countless vulnerable people while serving under the flag of the United Nations. More than 120,000 military, police, and civilian peacekeepers currently serve in 14 peacekeeping operations around the world. For more than six decades, UN peacekeeping missions have formed the last line of defense between violent groups and vulnerable populations. In the performance of this honorable mission, UN military, police and civilian personnel have risked and lost… more »
On April 5, 2011, President Barack Obama issued the following statement on the situation in Cote d’Ivoire:
"I remain deeply concerned by the security situation in Cote d’Ivoire. I strongly support the role that United Nations peacekeepers are playing as they enforce their mandate to protect civilians, and I welcome the efforts of French forces who are supporting that mission. Tragically, the violence that we are seeing could have been averted had Laurent Gbagbo respected the results of last year’s presidential election. To end this violence and prevent more bloodshed, former President Gbagbo must stand down immediately, and direct those who are fighting on his behalf to lay down their arms. Every day that the fighting persists will bring more suffering, and further delay the future of peace and prosperity that the people of Cote d’Ivoire deserve…
By: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro
I recently traveled to Djibouti, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vicki Huddleston and representatives from the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and a colleague from the Department’s Bureau of African Affairs. This was the first trip to the region by an Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs in at least the last 10 years, and a unique opportunity to see first-hand much of the assistance we have provided to the region. My visit reinforced to me the importance of the efforts of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in Eastern and Central Africa to train peacekeepers, combat piracy, support military reform, and eliminate excessive quantities of small-arms. These security assistance programs, overseen by our Bureau, support the State Department’s mission to promote stability and good governance and set the stage for humanitarian aid and development…