Secretary-General lays down the wreath to commemorate the peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2011. 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.Secretary-General lays down the wreath to commemorate the peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2011. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN honours fallen peacekeepers

5/29/2012 // On UN Peacekeepers Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the 112 peacekeepers who died in 2011 while serving in the cause of peace. Lieutenant Colonel Siri Skare of Norway was among those who were posthumously awarded The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal.

Lt. Col. Skare and six other UN staff members were killed in an attack on an operations centre in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on April 1, 2011. She had been serving as Military Advisor for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) since August 2010. Read more here.

In a message for the day UN Secretary General Ban said:

“Our goal in peacekeeping is to bring lasting stability to troubled areas so that blue helmets are no longer needed. We would like to put ourselves out of business. But until that day comes, we stand ready to help, carrying on the work of those we remember today.”

The Secretary-General also lay down a wreath at the UN headquarters in New York in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, which is commemorated each year on the 29th of May, is an occasion to mourn fallen peacekeepers. During its history, nearly 3,000 “Blue Helmets” have died devoting their lives to peace. It is also a time to salute the 120,000 peacekeepers serving in 17 missions in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments.


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