Three Indian peacekeepers, who laid down their lives whereas serving in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions final yr, are amongst 129 navy, police and civilian personnel honoured on Thursday with a prestigious UN medal awarded posthumously for braveness and sacrifice within the line of obligation.
Corporal Yuvraj Singh, who served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and two civilian peacekeepers — Ivan Michael Picardo, who served with UNMISS, and Mulchand Yadav, who labored for the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) — had been honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal throughout a sombre digital ceremony on the event of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
India is the fifth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping with greater than 5,500 navy and police serving in peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, Congo, Lebanon, the Middle East, Somalia, South Sudan and the Western Sahara, in response to the UN.
“On the occasion of the UN International Day of peacekeepers, I salute the men and women who serve in UN peacekeeping missions in foreign lands to preserve international peace and security,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, TS Tirumurti, mentioned.
The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is noticed yearly on May 29 to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel for his or her invaluable contribution to the work of the world organisation and to honour the greater than 4,000 peacekeepers who’ve misplaced their lives serving below the UN flag since 1948.
Earlier within the day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres laid a wreath to pay tribute to the fallen UN peacekeepers and presided over the digital ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjold Medal was awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who misplaced their life serving below the UN flag final yr and within the first month of this yr.
The theme for this yr’s observance is “The road to a lasting peace: Leveraging the power of youth for peace and security.”
Tens of hundreds of younger peacekeepers aged between 18 and 29 years deployed world wide play a key function in serving to UN missions implement their mandated actions, with the lively participation of younger individuals from host communities, the UN mentioned.
“The challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are immense. They work hard every day to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable, while facing the dual threats of violence and a global pandemic,” Mr Guterres mentioned through the digital ceremony.
The UN chief mentioned regardless of COVID-19, throughout all UN missions, peacekeepers haven’t solely been adapting to proceed to ship their core duties, they’re additionally aiding nationwide and group efforts to combat the virus.
“I am proud of the work they have done,” he mentioned, including that the fallen UN peacekeepers – uniformed and civilian – misplaced their lives attributable to malicious acts, in accidents and on account of sickness, together with COVID-19.
The fallen peacekeepers got here from 44 completely different international locations and numerous backgrounds however had been united by a standard goal: “to serve our great Organisation, promote peace and security and improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We are forever in their debt,” Mr Guterres mentioned.
The Secretary-General additionally awarded the ‘2020 Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award’ to Major Steplyne Buyaki Nyaboga, a Kenyan navy officer who served with the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, (UNAMID).
Created in 2016, the Award “recognises the dedication and effort of an individual peacekeeper in promoting the principles of UN Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.”
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, saluted the dedication and bravado of UN peacekeepers, who serve and carry out admirably in difficult environments solely compounded by the continued pandemic.
“I also honour our young peacekeepers who bring energy and innovation, and serve as role models to youth populations working tirelessly to ensure meaningful representation and participation in political processes,” he mentioned.
Mr Lacroix mentioned UN peacekeepers deserve “our full support” and “we must continue to work together to do all we can to improve their safety and security and give them the tools to succeed.”
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, to pay tribute to all women and men serving in peacekeeping, and to honour the reminiscence of those that have misplaced their lives in the reason for peace.
The General Assembly designated May 29 because the International Day of UN Peacekeepers in commemoration of the day in 1948 when the UN’s first peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO), started operations in Palestine.
Since then, a couple of million ladies and men have served in 72 UN peacekeeping operations, immediately impacting thousands and thousands of individuals, and saving numerous lives. Today, UN Peacekeeping deploys greater than 89,000 navy, police and civilian personnel in 12 operations.