1948 - 1998
50 YEARS OF UNITED NATIONS
PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

The year 1998 marks half a century of United Nations peacekeeping. Peacekeeping was pioneered and developed by the UN as one of the means for maintaining international peace and security. Most UN peacekeepers, often referred to as "blue helmets", have been soldiers, volunteered by their Governments to apply military discipline and training to the task of restoring and maintaining the peace. In recognition of their contribution, UN peacekeepers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988.

Basic Information Background Cyberschoolbus Publications/Contacts
29 May 1998: Press Conference, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping
11 June Panel Discussion 6 October 1998 Commemorative Events
The First Dag Hammarskj÷ld Medals: Biographical Notes
18 September 2001 Dag Hammarksjöld Commemoration
6 October 1998 Statement by the Secretary-General

Prepared by the United Nations Department of Public Information, October 1998