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  • Jamaica is pleased to join the international community in commemorating International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers under the theme, “A Force for Peace. Change. The Future”.
  • There can be no debate about the important role played by the United Nations in restoring and maintaining peace and security.
  • Jamaica has been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping operations for more than two decades.

Jamaica is pleased to join the international community in commemorating International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers under the theme,A Force for Peace. Change. The Future”. 

Our observance of the Day provides us with the unique opportunity to pay tribute to all of the valiant men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations worldwide, and to honour the memory of the more than three thousand ‘Blue Helmets’ who have lost their lives in the cause for peace.

There can be no debate about the important role played by the United Nations in restoring and maintaining peace and security in the quest to create a stable environment for millions of people across the world.

Peacekeeping is, however, by its nature, a dangerous undertaking, as Peacekeepers risk their lives on a daily basis.  Jamaica therefore remains deeply concerned about the increased number of attacks on peacekeepers which threaten the role of the United Nations in the peace process. As we remember our fallen brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace, let us strengthen our resolve to ensure that succeeding generations can enjoy a world that is free from war and conflict.

Whilst we recognise the sterling contribution of all peacekeepers, we pay particular homage to the women who have responded to the call to serve on the frontlines, thus ensuring a gender perspective in UN peace support operations, and allowing for special attention to be paid to the needs of women and girls in post-conflict processes.

Female peacekeepers have provided significant support to persons who have experienced gender-based crimes, sexual exploitation and acts of violence against women and children in conflict-torn areas. Their presence has not only reinforced the importance of attention to gender-specific crimes in conflict situations, but has also served to inspire women and children across the world, through their service.

Jamaica has been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping operations for more than two decades.  Our courageous men and women have served around the world, including in Liberia, Sudan, Timor-Leste and Haiti. Currently, twelve (12) Jamaican Police Officers are deployed as part of the UN peacekeeping contingent to the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. We are also pleased to lend support to Haiti, our neighbour and CARICOM sister, with the deployment of additional Officers at the end of the month.

Jamaican peacekeepers are respected worldwide for their dedication and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.  We pay tribute to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) which has responded readily to the call to assist in the restoration of peace in war-torn areas across the globe. More importantly, the JCF must be commended for producing an impressive cohort of Officers who have represented Jamaica with pride in their noble pursuit, and who continue to demonstrate the capacity of Jamaica to make its mark in the international sphere.

The Government of Jamaica salutes all the men and women in United Nations peacekeeping, and encourages them to continue to be a ‘force for peace, change, and the future’ in their service to humanity.

 

 

 

 

International Organisations Department

May 2014