Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
Message by H. E. Jan Kavan, President of the 57th Session of the
29 May 2003
we today, for the first time, celebrate the International Day
of United Nations Peacekeepers, it is a great honor for me to
pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue
to serve in peacekeeping operations under the United Nations flag.
The dedication, courage, and vision of United Nations peacekeepers
are, without doubt, qualities to be recognized and admired. By
taking part in peacekeeping operations, peacekeepers compromise
their security and comfort to bring security and comfort to people
whose lives have been shattered by war.
Nations peacekeeping belongs to the most outstanding instruments
that the Organization has at its disposal for maintaining international
peace and security. In recent years, the mandates of peacekeeping
operations have become more complex. In addition to monitoring
ceasefires, United Nations peacekeepers deliver humanitarian aid,
provide electoral assistance, create conditions to enable economic
reconstruction, collect weapons, and, in certain cases, help to
rebuild administrative, law enforcement, and judicial infrastructure.
Nations peacekeepers have been awarded the Nobel Peace Price in
1988. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is
another opportunity, whereby their work can be recognized and