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Friday, 1 June 2018

ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF UN PEACEKEEPING MISSION A MESSAGE BY ANTONIO GUTERRES, SECRETARY-GENERAL

ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF UN PEACEKEEPING MISSION A MESSAGE BY ANTONIO GUTERRES, SECRETARY-GENERAL
This year, the United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It is a year to highlight and reflect upon seven decades of global collaboration to promote peace, security, human rights, development and our joint efforts to conquer some of the most pressing challenges facing our world.

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General. 
On May 29th, 1948, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first United Nations Peacekeeping Operations the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East. On this 70th anniversary, we express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives. We honour the more than 3,700 blue helmets who paid the ultimate price. And we pay tribute to the fourteen missions working around the clock today to protect people and advance the cause of peace.

This year, I will spend International Day of United Nations Peacekeeping in Mali to express my solidarity with colleagues facing high casualties and enormous volatility. As we recognize a legacy of service and sacrifice around the World, I am also committed to taking action for peacekeeping – action to make our operations safer and more effective in today’s challenging environments. We also are committed to reinforcing the important role our forces must play in promoting human rights and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse.

United Nations peacekeeping is a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity. Together, let us pledge to do all we can, to enable that mission to succeed. Thank you.


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