The Ghanaian Battalion (GHANBATT 15) serving with the United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has held a wreath-laying and flag raising ceremony to commemorate the United Nations Peacekeepers Day on Friday 31 May 2019.

The day sought to honour more than 3,800 peacekeepers who lost their lives whilst serving under the UN flag since 1948, and also pay tribute to all Men and Women serving in UN Peacekeeping Operations for professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited in operations.

This year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers was on the theme, “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace,” which marked 20 years of the Security Council’s first mandate in peacekeeping mission to protect civilians. The theme also aimed at drawing attention to the state of civilians in peacekeeping and the risks peacekeepers take to ensure the protection of such civilians.

Delivering a speech on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the Commander, Western Sector Tactical Headquarters, Colonel S Yashdeep, said UN peacekeeping was a vital investment in global peace and security which required strong international commitment.

“As a result of the commitment attached to UN peacekeeping missions, the UN has launched the “Action for Peace Initiative”, which aims at making UN missions stronger, safer and fit for the future”, he mentioned.

He emphasised that it was necessary for millions of people in conflict-affected positions around the world to work together to make peacekeeping more effective in protecting people and advancing peace.

The Commanding Officer (CO), of the GHANBATT, Lt Col Sebastian Abraham Arhin presented a plaque to Col Yashdeep and a citation which was read in his honour. A two-minutes silence was observed and a wreath laid in honour of the departed peacekeepers.