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Zambia celebrates the United Nations International Peace Keepers’ Day “Together for Peace”

Every year on May 29 member states of the United Nations gather to pay tribute to heroes and heroines who have served and continue to serve in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations for their level of professionalism, dedication and courage as they put the lives of others before theirs. It is also a time to remember and reflect on those who have lost their in the course of peace.

Showcasing Zambia's participation in peacekeeping operations.

Showcasing Zambia’s participation in peacekeeping operations. Photo credit/UNIC Lusaka

The UN International Day of Peace Keepers was celebrated in Lusaka at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross where the United Nations in Zambia, Defense Forces namely The Zambia Army, Zambia Air force, Zambia Police Service and The Zambia National Service personnel held a joint church service under the theme “Together for Peace”

The Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Mr. Davis Mwango who was also the Guest of Honour in his speech urged all the defense personnel to remain focused and committed in maintaining the country’s peace. He emphasized that peace is valuable and can only be achieved at a cost which unfortunately includes human life. He reiterated that Zambia is a member of the international community and will remain committed to peacekeeping operations.

Representing the UN was Ms. Raki Sahi, the UN Zambia Security Advisor read the UN Secretary Generals Speech on his behalf and was quoted as follows “This year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, offering a chance to honor the invaluable contribution of the Blue Helmets to the proud history of the Organization. United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim “to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security”. Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands”.

Furthermore she stated that Zambia has played an exemplary role in promoting and protecting peace. Zambia has accepted many thousands of men, women and children fleeing their own countries in fear of their lives. Thus, giving them a safe haven and protection within the country. Zambians have also generously gone far beyond its own borders in the service of peace Zambian military, police and civilian experts have served, and are serving this very day, in many peacekeeping missions around the world.

Showcasing Zambia's participation in peacekeeping operations.

Part of the Defense Forces who attended the Church Service. Photo credit/UNIC Lusaka

She also reminded the gathering that The United Nations in June 2014 honoured two fallen Zambian peacekeepers with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal for their gallantly. Major Alfred Richard Banda and Chief Inspector Ebert Sianyona died last year while serving with the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Furthermore, in July 2014 another Zambian working under the International Organization for Migration Mr. Felix Ngoma, was abducted by suspected Janjaweed militia in Sudan and was later released after 21 days in detention describing it as the most horrible time of his life.

In the sermon given by the Army Chaplain, Lt. Col. Reverend H.B. Moma on the theme for 2015, said peacemakers must rekindle their zeal for peaceful societies through creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Praying for the country’s leadership because their decisions have great impact on citizens as well as setting an example as a community for peace.

After the service the invited guests were taken on a tour showcasing the different places were Zambia has served and is still serving in Peacekeeping Operations.

The UN and the Government of the Republic of Zambia observe the UN Peacekeepers International Day

Theme for UN International Peacekeepers Day 2013

Theme for UN Peacekeepers International Day 2013

Lusaka- The UN International Peacekeepers Day was established by the by the UN General Assembly resolution 57/129 in order to “pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the United Nations Peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”

The resolution invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals to observe the day in an appropriate manner.

This year Zambia joined the rest for the world in observing the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers with a solemn church service that was held on May 29, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka under the theme “Adapting to new challenges”.

Zambia over the years has sent personnel in various parts of the world as peacekeepers most notably Angola, Sudan, Sierra lone among others and its record in those countries it has served in has been very exemplary and many other countries have emulated the record set by Zambian peacekeepers.

Among the invited guests was the UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, who was represented by the United Nations Security Advisor for Zambia Ms. Rakhi Sahi who read the UN Secretary General’s Ban Ki-moon remarks, other UN members of staff   and guest of honor was the Honorable Member of Parliament Mr. Georfrey Mwamba Minister of Defense who delivered the a keynote speech. Also present were members from the various defense wings of the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force, Zambia National Service and Zambia Police Service.

The Minister in his key note address stipulated the importance adapting to new challenges through overcoming them by using all possible strategies. He mentioned that the UN has recognized the important contribution Africa has made towards the creation and sustainability of peace in the world.

Mr. Mwamba reminded his audience that peacekeeping missions are a necessity in countries that are ravaged by war, as they help mitigate and promote the revival of social economic development in affected countries. The minister also commended the United Nations and Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon for the material and support rendered to the Zambian Peacekeepers.

Furthermore, he paid tribute to all peacekeepers in active service and those who have fallen, saying that their sacrifice has not been in vain because their contribution has resulted in stability, unity, cooperation and economic development to countries that previously were torn apart by war. He also urged families of officers currently serving to continue supporting their loved ones as they raise the Zambian flag wherever they are serving.

UNIC Lusaka commemorates International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Lusaka – The UN International Day of Peace Keepers was celebrated in Lusaka at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross where various high schools, Zambia Army, Air force, Zambia Police and Zambia National Service personnel held a joint church service. The theme this year was “Haiti Standing and Zambians’ contribution in Peacekeeping Operations.”

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