Mongolian Peacekeepers honoured at the centenary ceremony by the Mongolian Armed Forces
- 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the modern Mongolian Armed Forces. On 9 May, the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces held a celebration for this historic milestone with the presence of the President of Mongolia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Mongolian Armed Forces Kh. Battulga, Minister for Defence G. Saikhanbayar and selected dignitaries including former defence ministers and ambassadors of the countries with military ties with Mongolia.
On this special celebration, the UN Peacekeeping was given a prominent acknowledgement and the UN Resident Coordinator Tapan Mishra had the privilege to attend the ceremony to hand over the Medals of Honour to the Mongolian peacekeepers who served in the UN Peacekeeping Operations in the Republic of South Sudan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Mongolia is among the first 24 nations that send troops to the UN’s Peacekeeping missions with the deployment of 18,144 peacekeepers to date, 732 of whom are female personnel, since 2002 when Mongolia sent its first two military observers to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Currently, 1100 Mongolian peacekeepers are serving in the UN Peacekeeping Missions to provide security and peacebuilding support in the world’s hot conflict zones including the Republic of South Sudan, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Abyei province of the Republic of Sudan, Yemen, Western Sahara, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces.
In his congratulatory message, Major General D. Ganzorig, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Mongolia highlighted that the Mongolian military personnel are gaining more international recognition thanks to their commitment to world peacebuilding with their professional qualifications and skills, as well as their dedication and courage.
Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia expressed his gratitude to the Mongolian Armed Forces on behalf of the UN Peacekeeping for their important contribution to establish peace and security in countries that are navigating the difficult path from conflict to peace.
On his congratulatory note, Mr. Mishra highlighted the invaluable sacrifice made by the Mongolian personnel while on their mission to pave the road to peace and security. He highlighted that the UN pays tribute to all the men and women who have served in United Nations peacekeeping operations on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
On 27 May, a special virtual ceremony will be held at the UN Headquarters, at which the Dag Hammarskjold medal will be awarded posthumously to fallen peacekeepers including Junior Sergeant Ganbaatar Davaakhuu from Mongolia, who served in the UNMISS (UN Missions in South Sudan).
2021 also marks the 60th anniversary of Mongolia’s full-fledged membership in the UN. The UN in Mongolia jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Armed Forces of Mongolia is organizing a number of outreach events in commemoration of this important jubilee, which will rightfully recognize Mongolia’s commitment and contribution to the UN Peacekeeping.