The Indian Army commemorated the 75th International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers on 29th May, 2023 at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.
- Theme 2023: ‘Peace begins with me’.
- Involves the deployment of military, police, and civilian personnel to conflict-affected or politically unstable regions.
- Collaboration between UN General Assembly, Security Council, Secretariat, troop/police contributors, and host governments.
- 29 May holds significance as it marks the anniversary of the first UN peacekeeping (UNPK) mission in 1948.
Principle of Operations
- The UN’s military Peacekeepers operate on a Triad of Principles:
- Consent of the parties to the conflict
- Impartiality of the Peacekeepers
- Use of force by the Peacekeepers only in self- defence and in defence of the mandate
- They were the recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace prize in the year of 1988.