Wednesday, 29 May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (#PKDay).
On this day, we honour the memory of the 119 military, police and civilian peacekeepers who lost their lives in the cause of peace in 2018 and early 2019. We also pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their professionalism, dedication and courage.
The theme for this year’s Peacekeepers Day, “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”, was chosen to mark the 20th anniversary of the Security Council resolution that explicitly mandated a peacekeeping mission (UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone) to protect civilians.
At Headquarters, the commemorations will be held on Friday, 24 May.
We invite you to pay tribute to our fallen colleagues and cover:
· At 09h30, the wreath laying ceremony, which will be held at the Peacekeeping Memorial site near the Secretariat’s northern boundary (in case of rain, the ceremony will take place by the Chagall Peace Window, Visitor’s Lobby).
· At 10h00, the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” and the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Ceremony at the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
· At 12h00, a press conference will be held by the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, which you can follow live at http://webtv.un.org/live
The Secretary-General will lead all three ceremonies in the morning. This is a historic year for us as the Secretary-General will award, for the first time, the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” to the late Private Chancy Chitete of Malawi. The Diagne Medal is named after a Senegalese peacekeeper who was killed in Rwanda in 1994 after saving countless civilian lives.
You can also follow the events live via the UN webcast with the exception of the wreath laying ceremony which will be available online later.
Media can follow or engage with our ongoing campaign on our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Medium) using hashtags: #PKDay #ProtectingPeace and #A4P
Social media and print campaign assets as well as more information for 2019 Peacekeepers’ Day are now available on the public Trello board: https://trello.com/b/BH6LxSXr/pk-day-2019
For more information, contact: Aditya Mehta (firstname.lastname@example.org) +1 9177754249 Sophie Boudre (email@example.com) +1 9176915359