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The “unsung contribution” of personnel serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been praised by the mission head, David Shearer on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on May 29.
Speaking at a commemorative ceremony at UN House in Juba on Monday, Mr Shearer, who is also the United Nations Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral for South Sudan, paid tribute to the men and women of UNMISS. He underscored his expectations that peacekeepers must act in a way that is “robust, calm and appropriate.”
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a solemn occasion that is commemorated around the world in all Peacekeeping Missions to remember those who have given their lives in the cause of peace. Notably this year, several peacekeepers lost their lives during the fight against Ebola in West Africa, which included one young staff member from South Sudan, who was working in Liberia. The ceremony, which brings together peacekeepers, the host nation and the international partners includes a wreath laying ceremony.
5 August 2014 - To raise awareness about the impact of landmines, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) recently launched an outreach and advocacy campaign in the UK capital London.
The campaign, intended to reach a European audience, also seeks to highlight support given by the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) as a leading donor for mine action work in different parts of South Sudan.