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The United Nations celebrates 75 years of Peacekeeping under the theme "Peace Begins with Me
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António Guterres

United Nations peacekeepers are the beating heart of our commitment to a more peaceful world. For 75 years, they have supported people and communities rocked by conflict and upheaval across the globe.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Peace begins with me

Marking 75 years of UN Peacekeeping

For 75 years, United Nations peacekeepers have worked to save and change lives in the world’s most fragile political and security situations. Since 1948, more than two million uniformed and civilian personnel have helped countries to transition from war to peace.

Working alongside local communities, peacekeepers help advance political solutions, prevent conflict, protect civilians, strengthen human rights and the rule of law, and build sustainable peace.

The challenges faced by peacekeepers are greater than ever, with rising global tensions, more complex conflict, and a proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, which impedes their work and threatens their safety. Despite these obstacles, peacekeepers persevere, alongside many partners, in the collective pursuit of peace.

The theme of the 75th anniversary “Peace begins with me” recognizes the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers, past and present, including more than 4200 who have given their lives under the UN flag. It also pays tribute to the resilience of the communities that we serve, who continue to strive for peace despite many obstacles.

This campaign also calls on each of us to join the global movement for peace. Alone, we can never succeed. But, together, we can be a strong force for change.

Peace Begins with Me Campaign

Peace begins with all of us! Download the social media package and join the campaign online using the hashtags #PeaceBegins and #PK75.


To mark the occasion at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 May, the UN Secretary-General will lay a wreath in honor of all peacekeepers who have lost their lives over the past 75 years. A ceremony will be held to posthumously award the Dag Hammarskjold medal to peacekeepers who died in 2022. The Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award will also be presented.

On display at the Visitor's Lobby from 1 May to 6 June is a photo exhibit tracing the journey of 75 years of peacekeeping. The exhibit is available virtually at here.

Join us at New York City's Time Square to take part in an interactive art installation event with "Inside Out", the platform that helps communities around the world spark global change locally. It was founded by renowned street artist JR in 2011. More information is available here.

Learn more about the commemorative events in New York.

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UN Peacekeeping helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. We have unique strengths, including legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy troops and police from around the world, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to address a range of mandates set by the UN Security Council and General Assembly.


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To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" are among the first very words of the UN Charter (in its Preamble), and those words were the main motivation for creating the United Nations, whose founders had lived through the devastation of two world wars by 1945. Since the UN's creation on 24 October 1945 (the date its Charter came into force), the United Nations has often been called upon to prevent disputes from escalating into war, or to help restore peace following the outbreak of armed conflict, and to promote lasting peace in societies emerging from wars.

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International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.