The mission of the United Nations is to help create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. For many of us, this is a noble ideal we can hope for while we go about our daily lives, but for countries torn apart by war, peace is an urgent need. UN Peacekeepers help countries torn apart by conflict create conditions for peace. UN Peacekeepers are soldiers, police and civilian personnel from many countries around the world. They help monitor peace processes, and help conflicting sides to carry out peace agreements they've agreed upon. In its over 60 year history, United Nations Peacekeepers have been involved in 172 peaceful settlements!
In 1988, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the United Nations Peace-keeping Forces. May 29 was designated by the United Nations as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, to honor the men and women who have served and who are serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations, and to pay tribute to those who have lost there lives helping to bring peace. It is also a time to remind our governments of the importance of supporting the United Nations. Some nations, like the United States have not lived up to their financial obligations to the UN, making it difficult for the UN to do its important work.
Each year, The Better World Campaign collects messages from people all around the world to thank UN Peacekeepers. Send a note to UN Peacekeepers to thank them for their work: