United Nations Peacekeeping
A Force for Peace. Change. The Future.

A Force for the Future

As the world is confronted with new challenges, UN Peacekeeping is evolving to meet them, helping more people than ever through some of the most destructive conflicts.

As a priority UN Peacekeeping is looking at how innovation and technology can help to not only deliver in these challenging environments but also to offer real value for money. All in an effort to ensure that the Blue Helmets are a force for peace, a force for change, a force for the future.

UN Peacekeeping is deploying new technologies such as unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles, refining our practices to better protect civilians, and boosting the representation of women among its ranks while strengthening its partnerships with regional organizations. It is saving the global taxpayer funds by improving logistics and administrative practices, strengthening infrastructure and harnessing the power of our personnel. All to ensure United Nations Peacekeeping is a cost effective, valuable investment that brings enormous benefits, and, above all, saves lives.

Events around the world

At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General on 29 May presides over a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.

In addition, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who have fallen while serving in the cause of peace, during the preceding year.

UN peacekeeping operations use the Day to strengthen bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve. For example by holding sporting events, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibits, neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts, and conferences and workshops on peace issues.

Useful links
  • A Force for Peace

    Douglas Maketiwa is an explosives expert working in Mali. He finds, gathers and destroys bombs left over from Mali’s recent civil war.

  • A Force for Change

    Kristin Lund, the UN's first female peacekeeping commander talks about her work and next assignment in Cyprus.

A Force for the Future
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  • UN Operations and Crisis Centre
    Kazumi Ogawa of the UN Crisis and Peacekeeping Situation Centre gives the UN News Centre an inside look at how it deals with crisis on the ground and reacts quickly to provide guidance to the field - 27 May 2014
  • Sergeant Ermita Matutina

  • Sergeant Ermita Matutina works at MINUSTAH. She is from the Philippines and has been serving the UN forces in Haiti for several months. Ms. Matutina is in charge of physical fitness training for the officers. She served in Haiti before the earthquake and made a point of going back in order to help and make a difference. Listen »

  • Olga Mokrova

  • Women and male security personnel in Somalia treat each other with "mutual respect" according to the Chief of Security at UNOSOM the UN monitoring mission in the country. Speaking ahead of International Day of UN Peacekeepers Olga Mokrova said that in the United Nations women are held to the same professional standards as men.. Listen »

  • Nancy Ajaponna, UNPol of the month

    Each month, the UNPOL Senior Management Team (SMT) selects one UNPOL as a candidate for UNPOL of the month. The selection is based on merit and management considers the work of the UNPOL in his/her regular duties as well as in his/her extra-curricular activities. For the month of March 2014, the (SMT) selected Mrs. Nancy Ajaponna.

    Through her involvement in several CIMIC events, the planning of the FPU volleyball tournament and several events overseen by the Women Network, Mrs. Ajaponna showed professionalism and great leadership.

  • Superintendent, Nancy Ajaponna of Nigeria, Deputy chief of operations for FPU/SWAT

See some of our UN Peacekeepers deployed around the world at work
Playlist of UN Peacekeeping videos

UN peacekeeping exists to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. The nature of the work has evolved to meet the demands of different conflicts and a changing political landscape. These videos offer an insight into the work of our peacekeepers in our missions around the world.