The UN Day of Peacekeepers on May 29 celebrates servicemen and women who risk their own lives to prevent violence and conflict. Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, more than 3,358 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and as such, the UN Day of Peacekeepers this year is dedicated to “together for peace”. This theme recognises the 71 peacekeeping operations that have taken place so far, the 125,000 peacekeepers currently serving in over 16 missions, and the future generation of peacekeepers who will uphold the values of their predecessors.
The Global Peace Index incorporates countries’ financial contributions to UN Peacekeeping missions as an indicator of that donor country’s level of peacefulness, as it represents commitments to global and regional peacefulness and stability. These contributions are weighted by each country’s capacity to pay and are smoothed over the period of the previous three years.
The 2015 Global Peace Index will be released on the 17th of June. The 9th edition of the Index will focus on identifying trends in peace over time, show how countries can becoming more resilient through building their positive peace capacity and calculate the economic cost of violence.Related Articles
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Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.
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