The United Nations (UN) says peacekeeping is a vital investment in global peace and security that requires strong international commitment.
UN Secretary General António Guterres says that is why the “Action for Peacekeeping” initiative, which aims at making the missions stronger, safer and fit for the future, was recently launched.
The UN Secretary General notes that for millions in conflict-affected situations around the world, peacekeeping is a necessity and a hope.
He says there is need to work together to make peacekeeping more effective in protecting people and advancing peace.
In his message to mark the International Day of Peacekeepers which falls on 29th of May, the UN Secretary General has paid growing tribute to more than one million men and women who have served as United Nations peacekeepers since the first mission in 1948 including the more than 3,800 personnel who paid the ultimate price.
He has also expressed deepest gratitude to the 100,000 civilian, police and military peacekeepers deployed around the world today and to the countries that contribute the brave and dedicated women and men.
This year, the UN marks 20 years since the Security Council first mandated a peacekeeping mission to protect civilians.
In that same spirit, on this International Day, the Captain MbayeDiagne Medal for Exceptional Courage is being awarded for the first time.
Further the UN Secretary General has paid tribute to Private Chancy CHITETE, a Malawian who served in the Democratic Republic of Congo and died while trying to save the life of a fellow peacekeeper.
This according to statement made available to 5fm news by the UN Information Centre in Lusaka.