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Pakistan armed forces extends best wishes on UN Day

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan armed forces has extended its best wishes to the United Nation on the 73rd UN Day which is being observed today, said a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations.

Pakistan has contributed over 200,000 troops to 46 UN Missions in 28 countries. Around 156 peace keepers from Pakistan have also sacrificed their lives for global peace.

“Pakistan Armed Forces extend best wishes to UN on its 73rd UN Day. Pakistan to date has contributed over 200000 troops in 46 UN Missions in 28 countries. We also pay tribute to our 156 peace keepers who sacrificed their lives for global peace,” said the statement.

Pakistan has a long history with UN peacekeeping, having been one of the largest contributors of troops and police for decades.

Pakistani women and men currently serve in seven UN operations, with the vast majority of them deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Darfur region of Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR).

As of February 2018, Pakistan is the fifth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to United Nations peacekeeping, with more than 6,000 men and women serving under the UN flag.

UN Secretary General message on UN Day 2018

Marking the 2018 United Nations Day, Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the men and women of the UN, and those they serve, to “never give up” tackling the world’s many challenges.

In a video released in advance of UN Day, Guterres said that, despite the odds and obstacles, and growing inequality “we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.”

The UN chief made clear the organization’s determination to implement climate action, fight for human rights and the life of peace that everyone deserves to enjoy:

“On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.”

UN day commemorates the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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