Around the world, millions of people are suffering immense harm from conflict. Their lives are torn apart by death, destruction, and displacement.
Since 1948 United Nations peacekeepers have worked to save and change lives in the world’s most fragile political and security situations. More than two million uniformed and civilian personnel have helped countries to transition from war to peace and progress.
They are ordinary people working in extraordinary and dangerous conditions to secure sustainable peace.
They help prevent conflict, protect civilians, advance political solutions, and support democratic processes. They promote human rights, build capacity of state institutions, and ensure that women and youth lead and participate in peace processes and nation-building.
Today, peace-making is harder than ever amidst rising global political tensions. Conflicts are more complex and prolonged, peacekeepers face terrorists, armed groups and their allies who have access to powerful modern weapons and technology. Misinformation and disinformation are fueling violence against our personnel and partners. Attacks against peacekeepers increased from 280 in 2020 to 463 in 2021.
Despite these challenges, peacekeepers persevere, alongside many partners, in the collective pursuit of peace. The service and sacrifice of peacekeepers, past and present, and the resilience of the communities they serve, inspires us all to take action in the knowledge that Peace Begins with Me.
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