Moldova marks International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 29 May
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29 May 2015

United Nations peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. Today, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, we honour the memory of the over 3,300 UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace since 1948.

We also pay tribute to all the men and women who serve or have served in UN peacekeeping operations for their professionalism, dedication and courage. Today, some 125,000 women and men from 120 countries serve in 16 peacekeeping missions across the globe. 

Since 2003, the Republic of Moldova is part of this global community and has contributed with military experts and troops to missions in several countries in Africa and the Balkans. The United Nations highly appreciates this contribution.

This year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. This is an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of UN peacekeeping and reaffirm our commitment to working together for peace.

”In its 70 years the United Nations has established 71 peacekeeping operations. More than 1 million people have served as peacekeepers, helping countries gain independence, supporting historic elections, protecting civilians, disarming hundreds of thousands of ex-combatants, establishing the rule of law, promoting human rights and creating the conditions for refugees and displaced persons to return home.

We should all be proud of these accomplishments. Today UN peacekeeping is adapting to new global realities, including asymmetric threats in some of the world’s most challenging environments. We have modernized our operations, introduced new technologies, broadened our base of contributors and strengthened our partnerships with regional organizations”, declared the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.

More information on the United Nations Peacekeeping website: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/

 



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