TEXT : UNOG PHOTOS : Action Press/Virot May 30, 2011
International Day of United Nations PeacekeepersToday, the Director-General commemorated the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the United Nations Memorial in Ariana Park. He honoured the “professionalism, dedication and courage of our peacekeeping colleagues – the more than 120,000 personnel actively serving around the globe and those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace”. As part of the commemoration, the Director-General also opened a round-table discussion on “The Rule of Law”, the theme of this year’s Day, and made a statement indicating the importance of this issue with regard to the activities of peacekeepers in the various countries and regions of the world. Participants included Ambassadors of countries which contribute troops to United Nations peacekeeping, as well as the President of the International Association of Soldiers for Peace.