The 60th anniversary of UN peacekeeping, on Thursday, will be marked by George Clooney, in a public service announcement praising the soldiers who wear the distinctive blue helmets.
The actor, named UN Messenger of Peace in January by Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general, with a special focus on UN peacekeeping. Mr Clooney has been actively campaigning to end the five-year conflict in Darfur, and traveled to visit peacekeepers in Sudan soon after his appointment.
“Peace is hard” is the title of the spot made by George Clooney, in which he reminds viewers that some 100 000 UN peacekeepers protect civilians, oversee elections and disarm ex-combatants to ensure peace in many dangerous and politically volatile regions, from Congo and Liberia to Haiti and Lebanon.
“We owe all of the United Nations peacekeepers a debt of gratitude for the dangerous work they do to ensure that peace is preserved, civilians are protected and elections are respected” says Clooney in the announcement.
May 29 has been designated in 2002 as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. That day will aim at paying tribute and honouring the memory of the 2 400 men and women, who have died on U.N. missions.
The spot has been commissioned by the organizations, including media mogul Ted Turner’s Better World Campaign, who said they expect the public service announcement to reach a global audience through YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, ThinkMTV and a variety of online and social networking portals.