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11 April 2018

UNA-UK is delighted to announce this years events to commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The events will take place on 23 May 2018 on Whitehall in London.

Peacekeepers' Day conference

This annual conference, jointly organised by UNA-UK, UNA-Westminster and RUSI, is the UK’s most authoritative public review of UN peacekeeping activities bringing together UN practitioners, diplomats, military and the public for a discussion of the most pressing issues in peacekeeping today.

The agenda features peacekeeping experts and practitioners from around the world, including Diane Corner, former Deputy Special Representative in the Central African Republic; Oxfam’s Humanitarian Policy Adviser Emma Fanning; Chandrima Das,
Director of peacekeeping policy at the UN Foundation; and Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, UNA-UK Patron and a former peacekeeper.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Mr Ian Martin, former Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and writer of Self-Determination in East Timor: the United Nations and International Intervention. He will deliver the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Lecture at this year's conference to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2018.


The conference fee of £25, with a special rate of £15 for students, this includes related documents, morning refreshments and lunch. The conference will take place at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET starting at 1000.

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Peacekeepers' Day memorial

Our annual memorial ceremony in remembrance of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the service of global peace will take place at 13:30 at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Members of the diplomatic corps will be joined by UK Government officials and UN veterans to lay wreaths and pay their respects to the 3,718 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while deployed with the UN. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

No registration is necessary for the Cenotaph memorial. If you are an Embassy or High Commission seeking to participate in the ceremony, please contact Maria Villatoro,, 020 7766 3446.