September 21st marks this year’s International Day of Peace, an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to share acts of peace.
The UN General Assembly set September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace, declaring it “…should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”
To help celebrate, we are all invited to show gratitude to those who dedicate every day to spreading peace: United Nations Peacekeepers.
More than 113,000 men and women from 116 countries serve as UN peacekeepers in15 missions worldwide. They’ve left behind the lives they’ve known in order to protect people they’ve never met, and to promote peace by driving violence from some of the most dangerous regions of the world.
Just last month, peacekeepers helped restore democracy in Mali, a country torn apart by civil war. A UN mission was established and within six weeks, 21,000 polling places were secured, which helped facilitate a calm and peaceful presidential election.
The Better World Campaign (which works to build support for U.S. policies that reinforce and renew engagement in and partnership with the United Nations) and the United Nations Foundation have partnered to create an easy way to say, ‘Thank you!’ to the many UN peacekeepers around the world.
You can add your name to an electronic thank you card, with or without a personal message, and your words of gratitude will be sent to UN peacekeepers.
UN peacekeepers are giving all they have to change the world for the better. Let’s show our gratitude by saying, “Thank you!”
Take Action Challenge
Take a minute to thank a United Nations Peacekeeper by signing a thank you card before September 21st. Add your name today!