On the occasion of "International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (IDUNP)" (May 29), UN has asserted that its peace operations are meant to ensure protection and promotion of human rights around the globe.
The day is dedicated to highlight the role of UN
peacekeeping force and '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' as affirmed by the UN.
The date of IDUNP marks the anniversary of the
creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
in 1948. At the UN headquarters in New York, a ceremony is held on
this day for presentation of the Dag Hammarskjold Medal followed by
the statements by the President of the General Assembly and the
Secretary-General along with some press releases. The
Secretary-General also lays a wreath in honour of all peacekeepers
who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.
According to the UN, efforts are done by the UN
Peacekeeping Force or Blue Helmets are done with the motto ‘A Force
for Peace, a Force for Change, a Force for the Future'.
"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," writes the UN on its website.