The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, in tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. The Assembly designated 29 May as the Day because it was the date in 1948 when the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the world body’s first peacekeeping mission, began operations in Palestine.
Since the first UN Peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, thousands of police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease. UN Peacekeeping operations use the Day to strengthen bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve. For example they may hold sporting events, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibits, neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts as well as conferences and workshops on peace issues.
Issue Date: 29.05.2016 Designer: Sergio Baradat (United Nations) Printer: Lowe-Martin Company Inc. (Canada) Process: Offset lithography plus gold foil Colours: 4 Colours Size: 30 mm x 40 mm Values: US$ 0.47, US$ 1.15, CHF 1.00, CHF 1.50, € 0.68 and € 0.80