As we are all aware, on the 24th October we mark the adoption of the UN Charter, 1945, a Universal document where the ideals and values that the United Nations was built on are embedded.
We, UN staff, (personnel), from the Field are particularly driven in our daily jobs and UN career by the Charter’s words “maintain peace and security”.
As the world faces numerous threats to peace and grave challenges, mostly related to conflict, peacekeeping and security, let us remember that operating for peace is today very complex and not only peacekeeping, but in many cases now ”peace enforcing”.
International and National civilian staff, UN Volunteers and contractors along with many thousands of soldiers and police work under the blue flag. Together we contribute to peace, serving in dangerous environments, providing security to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
We, together with the ‘Blue Helmets’, deployed across multiple “peace” operations around the world have saved countless lives, advanced peace and inspired hope in many.
We continue to lose staff while protecting and serving others, let us never forget the sacrifices made by our friends and colleagues in the name of peace. They all had vastly different backgrounds, but all shared bravery and the belief that UN peace operations are and must remain a global tool for good.
On this UN Day we honor our heroes – the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with pride, distinction and courage since the very first deployment in 1948. It is with great sadness that the last time there were no fatalities within peacekeeping in a one year period was 1955.
We will always pay our highest tribute to the 3,576 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while protecting and helping others, we will be forever in their debt.
United Nations staff do and will always work to bring a brighter future for others.
When we achieve our ultimate shared goal of peace, human rights and human dignity for all people, a peaceful, sustainable and just world for future generations will have been created.
As stated by the Secretary-General, On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality.