Kyiv, Ukraine, 28 May 2013 – The 65th anniversary of the United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated globally on 29 May. In Ukraine, it was observed on 28 May in the form of an educational round-table on the role and participation of the Ukrainian peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Kyiv, Ukraine, 28 May 2013 – The 65th anniversary of the United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated globally on 29 May. In Ukraine, it was observed on 28 May in the form of an educational round-table on the role and participation of the Ukrainian peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

The round-table discussion was organized jointly by the United Nations Office in Ukraine and the All-Ukrainian Union of Peacekeeping Operations Members at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.

It was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine, and Ukrainian peacekeepers, as well as professors and students of the Institute of International Relations and some mass media representatives.

“As the international peace and security needs are changing rapidly, the United Nations uses the Peacekeepers Day 2013 to focus on how UN Peacekeeping is ‘Adapting to new challenges’”, Ms. Dorit Nitsan, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. said at the round-table.

“UN Peacekeeping is constantly being given new mandates to meet new challenges; it is being asked to deploy its operations in new environments, where the presence of international terrorism and other challenges continue to threaten national sovereignty and local people. In response the UN Peacekeeping is developing innovative approaches to get the job done in the most challenging conditions”, she continued.

Since the start of the UN Peacekeeping activities in 1948, there have been 67 peacekeeping operations engaging hundreds of thousands of people from many countries to safeguard the peace for the others through peacekeeping.

Throughout the years, more than 37,000 Ukrainians have served in the UN Peacekeeping Missions around the world, and currently there are in total 636 Ukrainians involved in the UN Peacekeeping operations.

“Ukraine has participated in the UN Peacekeeping for more than 20 years now. It has helped us to carry out our important role in the global security system”, Mr. Sergiy Grabskiy, Head of the All-Ukrainian Union of Peacekeeping Operations Members in Ukraine stated.

“We are active participants in the UN Peacekeeping Missions, and it helps us strengthening the global cooperation. It has also helped our country become safer and more secure due to the experience gained by our servicemen during these activities”, Mr. Andriy Petrovych Beshta, Deputy Head of the Department of the UN and other International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine added.

Read more about the United Nations Peacekeeping from:  https://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/pkday.shtml#pkday2013