Appreciating UN Peacekeepers
UN Peacekeepers from the United Republic of Tanzania. (Photo | Sebomi Jang)
International UN Peacekeepers Day is marked on May 29th every year and this year the United Nations in collaboration with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the international community commemorated the day at Mnazi Mmoja Grounds in Dar es Salaam. This year's theme was “Investing in Peace around the World”.
Mr. Michael Dunford, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and WFP Representative lays a wreath to honour UN Peacekeepers who have fallen in the line of duty. (Photo | Sebomi Jang)
Mr. Michael Dunford, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and World Food Programme (WFP) Representative layed a wreath at the commemorations to honour the over 3,500 peacekeepers that have fallen in the line of duty since 1948. He also thanked UN peacekeepers from Tanzania for their service and commended the government for their commitment to peacekeeping.
Mr. Micheal Dunford, UN Resident Cooridinator a.i. and WFP Representative greets and thanks UN Peacekeepers who took part int he commemorations. (Photo | Sebomi Jang)
“UN Tanzania congratulates the United Republic of Tanzania as an exemplified UN member state for investing in peace through contributing troops currently to peacekeeping Missions in The Democratic Republic of Congo, The UN African Union Mission in Darfur, in Lebanon, and for sending military observers to South Sudan and Ivory Coast among other countries in the recent past,” he said.
Mr. Dunford added that “The United Nations truly appreciates this readiness to help. We also highly appreciate Tanzania’s history of helping neighboring countries to resolve conflicts and in the past to become independent states.”
Minister of Defense and National Service, Honorable Dr. Ali Hussein Mwinyi greets and thanks UN Peacekeepers from Tanzania who took part in the commemorations. (Photo | Sebomi Jang)
Guest of honour, Minister of Defense and National Service, Honorable Dr. Ali Hussein Mwinyi expressed his hope that UN peacekeepers would not have to sacrifice their lives in the future and expressed that the government's commitement to providing assistance to peacekeeping missions. Dr. Mwinyi said that “We hope that one day these missions will become history as there will be lasting peace in countries that once had conflicts. Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Tanzania is proud to be among the troop contributing countries.”
Click here to read UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' statement for International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2017.