This Day in the World – May 29, 2014 – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

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225px-Blue_helmetToday May 29th is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers……

The “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers“, May 29, is “a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”….

….It was so designated by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/129, on December 11, 2002, after an official request of the Ukrainian Peacekeepers Association and the Government of Ukraine to the UN General Assembly and first celebrated in 2003. The date, May 29, marks the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948 to monitor the ceasefire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was the first ever UN peacekeeping mission

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There are currently sixteen (16) UN Peacekeeping Missions active around the world and one special political mission. Here is a list of the current UN Peacekeeping Missions. I listed first the country followed by the date the mission began, and then the number of fatalities in the mission:

1 Western Sahara – from 1991 – 15
2 Central African Republic – April 2014 – 0
3. Mali – April 2013 – 10
4. Haiti – June 2004 – 176
5. Democratic Republic of the Congo – July 2010 – 73
6. Afghanistan – special political mission
7. Darfur – March 2007- 194
8. Golan – May 1974 – 45
9. Cyprus – 1964 – 181
10 Lebanon – 1978 – 303
11 Abeyi Sudan – June 2011 – 13
12 Kosovo – June 1999 – 55
13 Liberia – September 2003 – 183
14 South Sudan – July 2011- 26
15 India/Pakistan – January 1949 – 11
16 Cote d’Ivoire – April 2004 – 150
17 Middle East – May 1949 – 50

It’s amazing that over 30% of these missions have been active for more than 35 years! For more information on these missions http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/current.shtml

Here are some other statistics about these missions:

Personnel
Uniformed personnel: 97,438 (as of 30 April 2014)
Troops: 83,667
Police: 11,924
Military observers: 1,847
Civilian personnel: 17,002 (as of 31 March 2014)
International: 5,245
Local: 11,757
UN Volunteers: 2,022 (as of 30 April 2014)
Total number of personnel serving in 16 peacekeeping operations: 116,462
Total number of personnel serving in 17 DPKO-led peace operations: 118,043
Countries contributing uniformed personnel: 122
Total fatalities in current operations: 1,454
Total fatalities in all peace operations since 1948: 3,223

So a big  “Thank You is sent out to all who have worn that blue helmet shown at the top of this page and served as United  Peacekeepers”! We all wish that your job, which is badly needed, was really not necessary!!!

 

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