DHAKA, May 28, 2017 (BSS) - The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed tomorrow in Bangladesh along with other countries across the world in a befitting manner.
The International Day for UN Peacekeepers is being observed on May 29 every year across the world. The purpose of observing the Day is to underscore the importance of maintaining global peace, pay tribute to those who are involved in the peacekeeping missions and honour the UN peacekeepers who lost their lives for peace.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion of the day and greeted all including the members of the armed forces and police working in the US peacekeeping mission.
They also solemnly prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of those heroic peacekeepers who made supreme sacrifices for the cause of peace
In his message, the President said Bangladesh has emerged as a country of peace and communal harmony around the world. The Peacekeepers of Bangladesh have been able to attain credibility by dint of their highest standard of professionalism, devotion and bravery since their first engagement to UN Peacekeeping Operations in 1988, he said.
"The image of Bangladesh has brightened in international arena for the outstanding contributions of our Peacekeepers and they have been able to establish their dignity and honour," the President observed.
Terming Bangladesh as one of the largest troop contributing nations in UN Peacekeeping missions, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the Bangladeshi Peacekeepers have been working relentlessly to establish peace and harmony in various conflicting areas of the world.
They are now worldwide highly praised by displaying their high standard of professionalism, courage and dedication to establish world peace and harmony, she said.
"On behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, I assure our continued support to the United Nations for protection and promotion of world peace," the Premier said.
Sheikh Hasina expressed her hope that Bangladeshi Peacekeepers will contribute more in future days with their highest standard of professionalism and honesty and further brighten the image of Bangladesh in the international arena.
Different programmes have been taken in observance of the day, a spokesperson of Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) told BSS here today.
The day's programmes will begin through holding "Peace Keepers Run" at 7 pm from in front of Old Airport Mosque to South Plaza of Sangsad Bhaban. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam will attend it as the chief guest, he said.
At the afternoon, a reception will be organized at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in honour of the close relatives of the deceased and injured Bangladeshi peacekeepers. President Abdul Hamid is expected to attend the function as the chief guest.
The BTV and BTB World will air the programme live.
A special presentation on different activities of Bangladesh in the UN peacekeeping mission will be made at the BICC in the afternoon.
In observance of the day, different mainstream national dailies will publish special supplements and journals highlighting the importance of the day. Besides, different private television channels including Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar (BB) will air special talk-shows on the occasion.
Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, more than 3,220 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease. UN Peacekeeping operations use the Day to strengthen bonds with the local populations that they have been deployed to serve.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)