UNA-UK announces 2018 Peacekeepers' Day events

By agency reporter
April 12, 2018

The United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK) has announced this year's events to commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Both events will take place on 23 May 2018 on Whitehall in London.

Peacekeepers' Day conference

This annual conference, jointly organised by UNA-UK, UNA-Westminster and the Royal United Services Institute, is a public review of UN peacekeeping activities, bringing together UN practitioners, diplomats, military and the public for a discussion of the most pressing issues in peacekeeping today.

The agenda features peacekeeping experts and practitioners from around the world, including Diane Corner, former Deputy Special Representative in the Central African Republic; Oxfam’s Humanitarian Policy Adviser Emma Fanning; Chandrima Das, Director of peacekeeping policy at the UN Foundation; and Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, UNA-UK Patron and a former peacekeeper.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ian Martin, former Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and writer of Self-Determination in East Timor: the United Nations and International Intervention. He will deliver the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Lecture at this year's conference to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2018.

Peacekeepers' Day memorial

The annual memorial ceremony in remembrance of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the service of global peace will take place at 13:30 at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Members of the diplomatic corps will be joined by UK Government officials and UN veterans to lay wreaths and pay their respects to the 3,718 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while deployed with the UN. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

* There is a conference fee of £25, £15 for students, which includes related documents, morning refreshments and lunch. The conference will take place at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET starting at 1000. Register here

* United Nations Association UK https://www.una.org.uk/

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