Every day, hundreds of men and women wake up in war-torn countries and assume the responsibility of navigating a country from conflict to peace. They are United Nations Peacekeepers, and they are fighting to create a better world for all of us. In the face of natural disasters, violence, and disease, UN peacekeepers put themselves in harm’s way to protect civilians, stabilize regions and promote peace.
Join the Better World Campaign in thanking the 120,000 brave men and women from 120 countries serving as UN peacekeepers in 17 of the most difficult regions in the world, rebuilding societies wracked by violence and natural disasters, and restoring confidence in people who have known little but war.
Peacekeepers have traveled far from home to join with the UN to help where help is needed most – in places where conflict or disaster have taken a heavy toll and where peace is a precious commodity.
U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, marked May 29th, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, by saying:
“Since the first UN peacekeeping mission which was created on this day sixty-four years ago, civilian and military personnel have served under the UN flag in 67 operations around the world. Because of their work, the world is safer and more secure. The United States is committed to UN peacekeeping operations, and to a more peaceful world."
Honor UN peacekeepers today and let them know you appreciate their sacrifice in the interest of peace.
We will send the letter below on your behalf to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and it will then be sent to all UN peacekeepers serving worldwide.
The work of UN peacekeepers to provide global security to the world has promoted more peaceful lives for millions.
Your work as peacekeepers is complicated and diverse: facilitating a peaceful, fair referendum in Sudan, supporting legitimate government in Cote d’ Ivoire, promoting law and order in Liberia, and protecting civilians who have been displaced by violence in Darfur. You face the daunting tasks of convincing armed groups to lay down their weapons and restoring the lives of thousands of children forced to become soldiers during war.
You create the conditions to bring warring parties to the negotiating table—resulting in numerous ceasefires, peace accords, and power-sharing agreements since 1945. You remove hundreds of thousands of mines from war zones all over the world, allowing communities to return home and rebuild their lives.
We all have a vital stake in the work that you do. Individual governments including the United States simply cannot afford to—nor would be advised to—send their own troops to all of the places where you are deployed in support of global peace and security.
Thank you for your sacrifice and the time you have given to the service of pursing peace. Your work is heroic, and on behalf of all of those who have benefited directly or indirectly from six decades of UN peacekeeping: THANK YOU.