Peacekeepers’ Day Campaign Harnesses the Power of People to Secure Peace, Progress and Partnerships
06 June 2022
The International Day of UN Peacekeepers commemoration in Indonesia underscores the power of partnerships for lasting peace and development.
For more than seven decades, UN peacekeeping efforts have saved countless lives and bolstered peace and stability in many countries. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is commemorated every May 29th and pays tribute to peacekeepers' invaluable work and honours the lives lost serving under the UN flag.
The theme for the 2022 annual commemoration is "People. Peace. Progress. The Power of Partnerships." The UN peacekeeping efforts and mission to end conflicts and secure lasting political solutions cannot fully succeed without the support of partners. Whether support from the Member States, non-governmental organizations, civil society, UN agencies, or other parties, partnerships are fundamental to bringing tangible improvements in critical areas, such as economic development, the rule of law, women's rights, human rights, health and education.
Since the first peacekeeping mission in 1948, more than 1 million women and men have served in 72 UN peacekeeping operations, directly impacting the lives of millions of people and saving countless lives. Today, UN Peacekeeping deploys more than 87,000 military, police and civilian personnel in 12 operations.
To commemorate this important event, the UN in Indonesia and UN Women organized a social media campaign asking our partners about how partnerships help them to advance peace and improve lives in the communities they serve.
On May 29th, we featured quote cards from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, the UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, and UN Women Indonesia's Representative and Liaison to ASEAN on the role of partnerships in bringing sustainable peace and a collective effort behind peacekeeping efforts.
“Being one of the thousands of peacekeepers serving around the world is an invaluable pride to fight for the right to live in peace for every human being on Earth” - Ni Kadek Tia Cahaya Sari, a peacekeeper currently on a UNIFIL mission in South Lebanon.
In addition, eight Indonesian peacekeepers also shared their experiences on missions and how partners contribute to their work in maintaining peace, achieving gender equality, and improving local communities.
This one-day campaign generated over 18,000 impressions on social media and 1,000 engagements. Notable social media engagements include the UN Peacekeeping, the Indonesian Military Army's Peacekeeping Mission Center (PMPP TNI), and the Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden & Latvia.