UN / PEACEKEEPERS INTERNATIONAL DAY WRAP

29-May-2020 00:01:17
In observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PEACEKEEPERS INTERNATIONAL DAY WRAP
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 MAY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Various shots, United Nations Peacekeepers Memorial at UN Headquarters
2. Various shots, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and delegation walking up to Memorial
3. Med shot, Secretary-General in front of memorial.
4. Zoom out, Secretary-General walking away
5. Multiple screens, video conference
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, Naval Officer, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“To the Member States: to believe in their female personnel, giving them equal opportunities from the beginning and in all steps of their careers. Encourage them to be deployed. We need them on the ground.”
7. Multiple screens, video conference
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Suman Gawani, Military Observer Formerly Deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“South Sudan is a beautiful country. Its people are equally amazing. Working towards peace as a military observer in South Sudan has been a life-changing experience.”
9. Multiple screens, video conference
STORYLINE
In observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres today (29 May) laid a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948.

The UN chief also awarded, posthumously, the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the 83 military, police and civilian peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2019.

Women in Peacekeeping, this year’s theme, highlights their central role in UN operations.

The Secretary-General also bestowed the ‘2019 Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award’, for the first time, to two peacekeepers.

One of the recipients Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, is a Brazilian naval officer serving with the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Via video teleconference, Monteiro de Castro Araujo asked Member States “to believe in their female personnel, giving them equal opportunities from the beginning and in all steps of their careers.”

She said, “encourage them to be deployed. We need them on the ground.”

The other awardee, Major Suman Gawani, from India, served in UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Gawani said, “South Sudan is a beautiful country. Its people are equally amazing. Working towards peace as a military observer in South Sudan has been a life-changing experience.”

Created in 2016, the Award recognizes an individual peacekeeper’s work in promoting the principles of UN Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
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