Today is International Peacekeepers' Day

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Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mullet briefing correspondents at the Security Council stakeout. [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

The eleventh annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is being observed Wednesday as the UN pays tribute to the more than 100 Blue Helmets who lost their lives the previous year while serving the cause of peace.

Today's events include a Wreath-laying ceremony followed by the award of the Dag Hammarskjold medal to those who died in 2012. It's an occasion that serves as a stark reminder of the risks incurred by individuals who put their lives on the line when they deploy to UN missions around the world.

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is Edmund Mulet.

“You know that only in 2012, we lost 103 of our colleagues and many have died in the line of duty in many of our missions in Congo and Darfur,, Abyei and Cote d'Ivoire and in other countries So this year, peacekeeping day serves to also not only as I said to honor and pay tribute to our colleagues who have lost their lives but also to highlight the new challenges that are facing us.”

Nearly 3000 peacekeepers have fallen in the line of duty since the first peacekeepers deployed 65 years ago.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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