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Fijian Peacekeepers Posthumously Awarded With The Dag Hammarskjold Medal

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres in his address, commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, said that peacekeepers are facing “one of their greatest challenges ever, delivery on their peace and security mandate whilst helping countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic.”
31 May 2020 12:11
Fijian Peacekeepers Posthumously Awarded With The Dag Hammarskjold Medal
File Photo: Fiji’s Permanent Representative to United Nations (PRUN), Ambassador Satyendra Prasad with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres at the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the UN Headquarters in New York, last year.

Three Fijian Peacekeepers were posthumously awarded with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal as the United Nations commemorated International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Friday.

Warrant Officer Class Two Kolinio Mocevakaca died whilst serving with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.

Corporal Sakiusa Vakalala, died serving in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in Syria.

Seniloli Tabuatausole died, as a result of a car bomb attack in Libya. He was a civilian staff with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

In 2019, 83 UN Peacekeepers died in the service of peace.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres in his address, commemorating the  International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, said that peacekeepers are facing “one of their greatest challenges ever, delivery on their peace and security mandate whilst helping countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The theme for this year’s International Day for United Nations Peacekeepers is, ‘Women in Peacekeeping – A Key to Peace.’ The Secretary General stated that this shows the “central role” women play in peace operations. There needs to be “more done to achieve women’s equal representation in all areas of peace and security,” as only 6 of peacekeepers are women today.

The Dag Hammarskjold Medal is posthumously awarded to honour peacekeepers.

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