DHAKA: The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2012 will be observed in the country like elsewhere in the world on Tuesday.
The day’s programme will begin through ‘peacekeepers run’ in the morning.
President M Zillur Rahman will attend the programme as the chief guest.
A reception to injured peacekeepers and relatives of martyred peacekeepers, a discussion meeting and a presentation on UN peace missions will be held at city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
Moreover, an exhibition on the activities of Bangladeshi peacekeepers will be held also from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Bangladesh Television (BTV) and BTV World will telecast the programme live.
Highlighting the significance of the day, the national dailies will publish special supplements while BTV, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels will air special programmes.
Marking the Day, President M Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed their best wishes in separate messages for peacekeepers working in different UN missions worldwide to maintain peace.
In his message, President Zillur Rahman said, Bangladesh, as a peace loving nation, is working jointly with the UN peacekeeping mission since 1988 for global peace and has earned praises from international community for their professionalism, courage, sincerity and devotion.
In another message Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hoped that members of Bangladesh armed forces and police would continue their sincere services in the UN peace keeping missions.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, which is commemorated each year on May 29, is an occasion to salute the 120,000 peacekeepers serving in 17 missions in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments.
This Day is also a time to mourn fallen peacekeepers. During its history, nearly 3,000 “Blue Helmets” have died devoting their lives to peace, including 112 men and women in 2011.
This year, the United Nations is marking the day by highlighting the global partnerships that help sustain UN Peacekeeping and make it the success that it is.
The first International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on May 29, 2003 after the UN General Assembly designated May 29 as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on December 11, 2002.
BDST: 2102 HRS, MAY 28, 2012
Mohammed Humayun Kabir, Sr Newsroom Editor
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor