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Published:May 29th, 2015 12:11 EST

UN Peacekeepers are Heroes

By SOP newswire3

More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as United Nations peacekeepers over the years, and despite growing security threats and the sacrifices that come with being deployed in challenging environments, over 100,000 men and women continue to work for the cause of peace.

This is one of the most admirable features in peacekeeping, that despite all the dangers and the risks " they want to go to these places and contribute, " said Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations.

This is what we admire and we appreciate enormously and it`s why we have UN Peacekeepers Day, in order to express our gratitude to them, " he added during an interview with the UN News Centre.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May, is an occasion to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

In its 70 years, the United Nations has established 71 peacekeeping operations. More than one 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.

It`s about tremendous gratitude to those people, men and women, and to the countries who actually contribute them, because without them, the partnership that is peacekeeping simply could not work, " Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the UN News Centre.

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