Monday, 3 October, 2022

Int’l Day of UN Peacekeepers observed

Int’l Day of UN Peacekeepers observed

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The International Day of UN Peacekeepers was observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe with due dignity.

The outstanding contribution of peacekeepers from all countries of the world participating in UN peacekeeping operations is commemorated with deep respect on this day.

To mark the occasion, various events were organised to commemorate all brave men and women who have contributed towards establishing peace and security in the war-torn countries and ravaged societies across the world.

On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

 Foreign Minister, Chiefs of the three Forces, Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division (AFD), Inspector General of Police (IGP), UN Secretary General and UN Resident Coordinator of Bangladesh gave separate messages.

As part of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers programme, a reception was given to the relatives of martyred and injured Bangladeshi peacekeepers at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present as the chief guest at the reception through video teleconferencing (VTC).

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed, and Military Adviser to UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO) General Birame Diop, spoke on the occasion while UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis gave the address of welcome.

Prime Minister also exchanged views with members of the Armed Forces and Police engaged in peacekeeping operations in different countries through VTC. The program was broadcast live on Bangladesh Television and BTV World.

On behalf of the prime minister, the law minister handed over awards to family members of the two deceased peacekeepers and 14 injured peacekeepers at the function to recognise their noble sacrifice in establishing global peace.

A bravery award was also handed over to a peacekeeper.

Members of the Cabinet, Ambassadors / High Commissioners of different countries posted in Bangladesh, Chiefs of the three Forces, Members of Parliament, PSO of AFD, IGP, Senior Secretaries / Secretaries of various Ministries, senior officials of various UN agencies in Bangladesh and senior military and civilian dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Earlier, the day long programme began in the morning with ‘Peacekeepers Run-2022’ arranged by Bangladesh Air Force Base Bashar, Dhaka and Air Force Base Zahurul Haque, Chattogram.

In Dhaka, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq inaugurated the event by releasing pigeons, balloons and festoons.

The Peacekeeping Run was attended by UN Resident Coordinator of Bangladesh, PSO of AFD and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Armed Forces, Bangladesh Police and UN agencies.

In observance of the day, different mainstream national dailies have been published special supplements and journals highlighting the importance of the day.

Besides, different private television channels including Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar also aired special talk-shows and documentaries on the occasion.