Earlier this week, individuals and organizations around the world commemorated International Day of UN Peacekeepers May 29. In recognition of that day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the men and women who serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace… Since the first UN peacekeeping mission which was created on this day sixty-four years ago, civilian and military personnel have served under the UN flag in 67 operations around the world. Because of their work, the world is safer and more secure. The United States is committed to UN peacekeeping operations, and to a more peaceful world."
International Day of UN Peacekeepers is an occasion to salute the 120,000 peacekeepers currently serving in some of the world's most volatile and dangerous environments. Our "Photo of the Week", taken by Public Affairs Specialist at U.S. Army South Arwen Consaul and posted to U.S. Embassy Santiago's Flickr page, shows soldiers working together to get through an obstacle course during the Junior Leaders Training at Fort Aguayo, Chile on April 3, 2012. Junior Leaders is part of the annual exercise, Peacekeeping Operations-Americas, conducted between U.S. Army South and the Chilean Joint Staff. Students from 17 participating countries participated in classroom studies, learning about the UN peacekeeping doctrine, and then completed training to build trust and teamwork. Ultimately, the Junior Leaders Training will provide platoon-level training to about 80 multinational students in areas of policing, military operations on urban terrain, convoy movements, crowd control, and helicopter tactics, all of which are related to UN peacekeeping operations.
To learn more, visit the UN Peacekeepers Day page here.