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International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2024

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UN peacekeepers day ceremony at the cenotaph in Whitehall, London. UN Peacekeeping troops stand facing the cenotaph which has wreaths laid on it

UNA-UK is pleased to announce details of our annual conference and ceremony commemorating the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, on Thursday 23 May.

Registrations for the conference are now open - please click here to book your ticket as soon as possible.

Peacekeepers Day Conference: Thursday 23 May 2024, 0930 - 1700 BST

This Conference, jointly organised by UNA-UK, RUSI and UNA Westminster, is the UK’s most authoritative public review of UN peacekeeping activities – bringing together UN practitioners, diplomats, military personnel and the public for an in-depth discussion on the most pressing issues in peacekeeping today.

This year our panel session features peacekeeping experts and practitioners from around the world, including:

We are delighted to be joined this year by Special Representative Colin Stewart, Head of the United Nations Mission in Cyprus. As our conference keynote speaker, Mr Stewart will discuss Cyprus at 60, reflecting on one of the longest-running UN peacekeeping operations.

Conference Registration:

This year's conference will take place at RUSI. Tickets to join us for this in-depth discussion are available now. To avoid disappointment please book your tickets as soon as possible.


Peacekeepers Day Ceremony: Thursday 23 May 2024, 1300 - 1400 BST

Our annual memorial ceremony in remembrance of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the service of global peace will take place on 23 May. Over the past 76 years, UN peacekeepers have contributed to transforming lives in different countries, sometimes in extraordinary and dangerous conditions. 

This is a unique and important opportunity to pay our respects to the nearly 4400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948.

To watch this remarkable event, you can join spectators near the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, at 1300 on Thursday 23 May 2024.

If you are an Embassy or High Commission seeking to participate in the ceremony, please contact us at as soon as possible.

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Photo: UNA-UK’s annual memorial ceremony in remembrance of peacekeepers, 2023. Credit: UNA-UK.