Friday, May 29, 2015


International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers,
May 29, 2015
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology


Contents:  International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (in the 70th anniversary of the United Nations)
What is UN Peacekeeping and What and Why Is the DAY?
IDUNP Google Search
Ken Payumo, Exemplary UN Peacekeeper
Responsibility to Protect
Power Politics: Mazower, The End of Empire
Dick, Acknowledging UN Agencies and Actions

·         Peacekeeping operations ›

·         International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
·         What is peacekeeping?
·         Past operations
·         Forming a new operation
·         Financing peacekeeping
International Day of
United Nations Peacekeepers
29 May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
UN Peacekeepers standing in a row wearing blue helmets and sunglasses.
UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran
Officers from the Indonesian contingent of UNAMID stand in formation during a ceremony for the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers in Sudan.
The day was established to:
·         Honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace; 
·         Pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.
Peacekeepers Day 2015
On 29 May, UN offices, alongside Member States and non-governmental organizations, hold events to honour fallen peacekeepers. Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948 until April 2015, 3,358 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease.
'Together for Peace'
As this year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we are reflecting on the past, present and future of UN Peacekeeping and reaffirm our commitment to working 'Together for Peace'.
Since its inception in 1948, the UN has established 71 peacekeeping operations – in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The number of people who have been UN peacekeepers — more than 1 million — far surpasses the total number of staff who had worked for the UN in all other capacities worldwide.
Today, some 125,000 women and men serve in 16 peacekeeping missions across the globe. Our peacekeepers are deployed in some of the world's most challenging and austere environments and mandated with increasingly complex and difficult tasks. Over the decades, UN Peacekeeping has implemented a series of reforms to be both 'fit for purpose' and innovative in the management of our field operations. We continue to strive towards greater performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, introducing new technologies and strengthening our partnerships worldwide.
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Events around the world
At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Deputy Secretary-General on 29 May presides over a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.
In addition, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who have fallen while serving in the cause of peace, during the preceding year.
UN peacekeeping operations mark the Day by strengthening bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve. For example, by holding sporting events, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibits, neighbourhood clean ups, tree plantings, concerts, and conferences and workshops on peace issues. Events around the world will be shared through the tag #Together4Peace.
Previous Peacekeepers Days
The UN General Assembly designated Peacekeepers Day in 2002 [A/RES/57/129PDF Document]. In recent years, we have encouraged the celebration of the Day under a common theme:
·         2014: A force for the future – focusing on how UN Peacekeeping is evolving to meet new challenges
·         2013: Adapting to new challenges – exploring the changing needs of international peace and security
·         2012: Peacekeeping is a Global Partnership – highlighting the variety of partnerships we have at every stage of our work.
·         2011: Law. Order. Peace – focusing on our efforts to strengthen rule of law.
·         2010: Ayiti Kanpe (Haiti Standing) – remembering the earthquake in Haiti that resulted in the death of 102 UN personnel, including 97 peacekeepers;
·         2009: Women in peacekeeping – the important role of womenpeacekeepers;

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What do you do when you are up against a government trying to harm its own people? As men with guns tried to enter the UN camp in Bor, South Sudan, Ken Payumo, a civilian officer in charge, stood up to the South Sudanese military when 12,000 refugees fled to the UN base for safety. His brave actions are thought to have saved thousands of lives.

Join us for a conversation with Mr. Payumo, who will provide a closer look at the day-to-day challenges of UN peacekeeping and give an update on the current crisis in South Sudan.

About our speaker:

Ken Payumo is currently the Chief of the Peacekeeping Operations Support Section for the Department of Safety and Security. This section is responsible for overseeing the security of all UN peacekeeping missions. Having more than 14 years of experience in the United Nations, Mr. Payumo’s UN service includes that of Legal and Policy Advisor, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET); Political Officer, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Asia Middle East Division (AMED); Mission Management Officer (DPKO Police Division), and most recently Head of Office for Unity and later Jonglei states, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Prior to the UN, Mr. Payumo had served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department. Mr. Payumo is a citizen of the United States of America and was born in New York City.

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Mazower, Mark.  No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations.  Princeton UP, 2010.   The founders of the UN envisioned no radical break with power politics, but viewed it as an institution whereby power politics could be pursued by other means. 

       Several years ago I began to write about the many days celebrated in the US nationally or internationally.   At first I was mystified by the large number of Days identified as “international,”  “world,” or merely by the subject (torture, wetlands).   Gradually I discovered that most or perhaps all of these Days had been created by the United Nations; such as, UN World Wetlands Day, UN International Women’s Day, UN Torture Abolition Day. 
    Eventually I wondered why the omissions had happened.  Was it simple laziness, busy people omitting unnecessary words?   The other alternative that occurred to me seemed too conspiratorial, and lacking evidence.   Yet the question lingers.   Was it deliberate on the part of U.S. government officials of both parties and therefore by the corporate media pundits?   But why would these people not wish to acknowledge this UN leadership?   Had right-wing nationalists exerted that much influence?   Had fear of “losing national sovereignty” not only blinded so many to the great achievements of the UN but that fear had inspired downright hostility toward the UN to the extent of not acknowledging the origin of world/international UN Days?
     The omissions appeared dramatically recently at the local screening of a new film about Tibetan refugees, particularly the University of Arkansas’ excellent TEXT Program (Tibetan Exiles Today), in which students travel to India to interview elderly refugees at Dharamsalam.  Not a single mention of the enormous assistance given to the refugees by the UN.   I asked the filmmaker, a student at the university, where was the UN in all this?   He had no idea, apparently had never thought of how so many people had left their livelihoods to resettle in a very poor country. 
     There was another omission in the film.  India’s also large assistance is absent from the film.   Tibetan settlements dotting the map of India today were not the result of magic, but in addition to the UN occurred through the exertions of the national, state, and local governments of India.  Perhaps the silences share similar origins.  Perhaps they derive from the filmmaker’s sense of the irrelevance of the UN and India to the university’s Tibetan project, the subject of the film.   But because of the numerous political attacks on the UN particularly by Republican Party loyalists (Ambassador Bolton openly undermined the UN), one might wonder why the UN deletion is so complete?  I do not mean any deliberate intention by the filmmaker, but that perhaps the filmmaker reflected the aggressive nationalism one aspect of which is to dismiss even the manifestly humanitarian actions of the UN.  Show the UN to be wrong, mistaken, stupid, counterproductive, and invisible, and the myth of US exceptionalism can flourish unimpeded, except for the mountains of evidence shredding the myth.  Especially the flaws in the UN peacekeeping forces are widely supposed and derided, despite the reality of majority success in their operations.   
     What’s to be done about the erroneous and misleading film?   Of course I would not have the film prohibited; its subject is valuable; and I support the First Amendment.  But I think the honest reputation of the filmmaker and his sponsors would be to add a correction at the beginning or end of the film.
     It’s not only a matter of ethics—of giving credit where due.   The United Nations was created in response to two World Wars so horrendously lethal that the century is recalled for its mass slaughters and atrocities.   The central purpose of the Charter of the UN, largely instigated and written by US representatives, is to end wars of aggression by nations.   That ideal is still urgently important to the world, and although the wars have not been ended, the good provided by the cooperation of nations through the UN is incalculable in suffering diminished and lives saved.   During the Cold War both of the belligerents used and undermined the UN for its own purposes.   Today let us return to the Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the dozens of extraordinarily helpful UN agencies—as well as to the Geneva Conventions and to the Nuremberg Principles—for building a Culture of Peace for the generations to come.

END International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29, 2015

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