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75 Years of UN Peacekeeping

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In a world still grappling with conflicts and divisions, the pursuit of peace and stability remains a paramount goal. In 2023, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) with our partners Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association, organized an extraordinary event in Ottawa called 'UN Peacekeeping 75'. This significant gathering aimed to commemorate 75 years of UN peacekeeping operations and remind us all that ‘Peace Begins with Me’. Let us delve into the significance of this event and the crucial role it played in fostering international cooperation and understanding. Read the full story:

The exceptional volunteers and speakers were the driving force behind the success of the 'UN Peacekeeping 75' event. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to each and every volunteer who participated in this remarkable occasion. Your presence and contributions made this event truly remarkable and inspiring. Your unwavering dedication, hard work, and support played a vital role in creating a memorable and impactful experience for all attendees. Your commitment to ensuring smooth operations and cultivating a welcoming atmosphere throughout the event was evident and highly appreciated.

Furthermore, we would like to express our profound gratitude to our outstanding speakers. It was an honor to have distinguished individuals like Jane Boissonneault, Jasteena Dhillon, Shelagh Stevens, and Elie Saykali grace our stage. Your expertise, passion, and unwavering commitment to peacekeeping enriched the knowledge and insights of our audience. Your presentations not only provided valuable information but also inspired our attendees to take proactive measures in their own communities to foster harmony and reconciliation. Your relentless dedication to promoting peace and making a positive impact on the world is truly commendable.

Once again, we thank you wholeheartedly for being an integral part of the 'UN Peacekeeping 75' event. Your contributions have made a significant difference, and we are genuinely grateful for your invaluable support.

Could't make it in person? Take part in our online campaign 'I know a Peacekeeper'. 

Calling all Peacemakers! 


UNA-Canada is launching an incredible online campaign called 'I Know a Peacekeeper,' and we want YOU to be a part of it! Join us in spreading the powerful message of peace by recording a video of someone you know who is a peacekeeper.

Here's how you can participate:

  • Reach out to the peacekeeper you know, whether it's a family member, friend, colleague, or acquaintance.

  • Ask them to be part of this inspiring campaign by recording a short video saying, 'Peace begins with me.' Encourage them to speak from their heart and share their dedication to peace.

  • Take the opportunity to ask them 2-3 questions about their journey as a peacekeeper. Learn about their experiences, challenges, and what motivates them to work towards peace every day.

But what if you don't know any peacekeepers personally? Don't worry! You can still participate in the campaign by recording a video of yourself saying, 'Peace begins with me.' Share your own reflections on peace and inspire others with your commitment to a harmonious world.

Once you have the video ready, share it on your social media platforms using the hashtag #IKnowAPeacekeeper. Let's create a wave of positivity and unity as we showcase the diverse stories and perspectives of peacekeepers worldwide.

By participating in 'I Know a Peacekeeper,' you become an advocate for peace and contribute to a global movement for change. Together, we can amplify the voices of those working tirelessly to create a better world for all.

Join us in celebrating the dedicated individuals who believe that peace begins with each one of us.

Let's make our voices heard, spread the message of peace, and inspire others to take action. Together, we can create a more peaceful and compassionate world.

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