Bangladesh observes International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2018

29 May 2018

Message of UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh

International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2018

May 29, 2018

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of United Nations Peacekeeping. Since 1948, UN Peacekeeping operations across the globe have served more than 1 million women and men in conflict-stricken countries, and till this date remains as relevant as ever in sustaining peace and stability, protecting civilians against attacks and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is one of the most effective tools to respond to some of today’s most difficult global peace and security challenges.

Bangladesh, the second largest troop and police contributing country, is celebrating 30 years of its commitment to global peace and security through UN Peacekeeping. As of today, 6292 members of Bangladesh Armed Forces and 783 members of Bangladesh Police are serving as UN Peacekeepers in seven countries across the globe - Haiti, Mali, Western Sahara, Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. Bangladesh has not only increased peacekeepers in numbers but equipped them to perform effectively and actively in the most challenging missions.  In February this year, 139 peacekeepers from Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit, serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were awarded UN medals for their efforts in supporting peace building processes.

More women in peacekeeping means more effective peacekeeping. Bangladesh is leading by example as it is committed to its pledge to increase female troop participation by 15 percent. The country had sent a 160 strong all-female police unit to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in 2015. More recently, Bangladesh ended yet another gender stereotype by sending the country’s first two female combat pilots to the peacekeeping operation in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

On this International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2018, the United Nations commend all the brave and professional women and men who have served, and are continuing to serve in UN peacekeeping operations. In the past one year, Bangladesh lost ten dedicated peacekeepers, and several others were injured in the services of peace. The ten fallen peacekeepers were:

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA): Sergeant Md. Altab Hossain, Lance Corporal Jakirul Alam Sarkar, Soldier Md Monowar Hossain, Warrant Officer Md Abul Kalam, Lance Corporal Md. Akter Hossain, Soldier Md. Rayhan, Soldier Md. Jamal Uddin and Soldier Md Rasheduzzaman.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS): Lance Corporal Md. Mizanur Rahman and Soldier Md. Monjur.

The United Nations remembers and bestows deepest respect to these heroes and sends its deepest condolences to their grieving families. We offer our earnest tribute to all the peacekeepers who have lost their lives and suffered injuries in the service of peace over the past 70 years.

As we mark the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping, we take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to all the Bangladeshi women and men for their service under the UN flag, saving countless lives.

Ms. Mia Seppo

UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh


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