These medals are a symbol of our resolve: BanListen /
Our aim is to make peacekeeping more effective for the people we serve, and safer for the staff who carry out this life-saving work.
That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday at the Dag Hammarskjold Medal Ceremony to honor fallen peacekeepers.
He said these medals are a symbol of our resolve and expressed the hope that they offer some comfort to the families.
” This International Day is always a sober occasion. This ceremony is a reminder that our decisions can have very painful consequences. The people whose memories we honour today died doing work that we asked them to do. Peacekeeping is fraught with risk, but it is also filled with promise. Our blue helmets bring hope to millions of people in some of the most troubled parts of our world. ”
Secretary-General Ban expressed deep sadness "to report that this marks the fifth year in a row that more than 100 peacekeepers lost their lives in the line of duty.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.