UN peacekeeping forces present in the world for 70 years

UN peacekeeping forces present in the world for 70 years

28.5.2018 | Slovensko a OSN

Every year on 29 May the international community commemorates the Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The first UN mission was established by the UN Security Council in 1948. The UNTSO mission has been fulfilling its tasks to date. Its aim is to monitor the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the territory of the Golan Heights.

During the past 70 years, the UN Security Council has endorsed more than 70 peacekeeping missions in which hundreds of thousands of soldiers and tens of thousands of police officers and civilian experts from more than 120 countries of the world have served.

Currently, more than 96,000 UN peacekeepers from 124 countries serve in peacekeeping missions under the blue flag of the UN. Slovakia’s soldiers and its police have been part of these missions over the long term. Nowadays, Slovakia’s soldiers and police are deployed in three UN peacekeeping missions, namely at the Golan Heights (UNTSO), in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).

On this day, we also pay tribute to those who paid the highest price when serving in UN peacekeeping missions and gave their lives to them. During the past 70 years, 3,326 UN peacekeepers died while serving for peace.