Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Peacekeeping

This year´s theme: Upholding the rule of law

Under the banner of 'Law. Order. Peace' the UN focuses this year on efforts to strengthen the rule of law on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

This includes the work of UN Police, Corrections Officers and Judicial Affairs Officers working in the field. They work to ensure the support of vital human rights, such as access to justice, and fair and impartial legal systems.

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A day in the life of a UN Police Officer

Angela Anyeman UN Police Officer UNAMIDAngela Anyeman left Ghana in early 2010 to join the United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as a UN Police officer. Based in El Fasher, North Darfur, she is the gender and child protection focal point for the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), which is home to over 50,000 internally displaced people..  UNAMID carries out three patrols daily in Zam Zam, with a rotation that allows UNAMID to patrol 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Each day, Angela works a different shift. Today she is on the morning patrol.

At 8.00 am she meets her fellow UN Police officers at the Zam Zam camp. They go over the route and arrangements for the convoy. These patrols are carried out daily to ensure that IDPs are not only protected but also feel safe.  UNAMID Police strive to be visible in the entire camp throughout the day. The convoy is usually escorted by Indonesian or Jordanian Formed Police Units (FPU), a group of armed police who provide security, although occasionally a Nepalese FPU provides protection. The camp’s security is now far better than it was before UNAMID was established.   

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UN Peacekeeping

Representing the Organization at its best

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAHThe celebration of World Peacekeepers Day, 29 May comes at a time of record breaking activities by the United Nations in peacekeeping. 120,000 military, police and civilians (see fact box) are serving worldwide under the blue flag. 15 peace operations are currently directed and supported by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

The UN General Assembly decided in 2002 to observe the International Day of World Peacekeepers on 29 May which marks the anniversary of the creation of the first peacekeeping mission in 1948 when the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) was established to monitor the ceasefire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General highlights the “heavy sacrifices” of UN staff in his message on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers: “The tragedies that have befallen United Nations peacekeepers already this year are a sobering reminder of the risks entailed in their important work for peace.”

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United Nations Peacekeeping on Twitter and Facebook

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Three Questions to Margot Wallström

Ms.Margot Wallström, became the first UN Secretary-General´s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict when she was appointed by Mr. Ban Ki-moon in February 2010. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Wallström, a Swedish politician with a long history in defending women’s rights, served as Vice-President of the European Commission. Ms. Wallström answered Three Questions at an event in Brussels to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.


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