Since the founding the United Nations in 1945, hundreds of brave men and women have lost their lives in its service. During the 1990s, the growing number and scale of UN peacekeeping missions put many more at risk. More lives were lost during the 1990s than in the previous four decades combined.
At that time, an awareness began to develop among Member States and staff that the more active the UN became in the future, the more it would be targeted.
The UN Security Council adopted the first resolution on staff security in September 1993.
Complex negotiations subsequently took place in the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly on an international legal convention to protect UN personnel.
The result of those negotiations was the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1994.
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) when armed gunman abducted him in 1985. His body was finally found in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 2009.
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members has recently become more critical as attacks against the United Nations intensify. This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press.
This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press. In peacekeeping forces, the role of Pakistan is significant. The staff of the United Nations play a pivotal role in organizing UN activities across the world. Therefore, they remain under different threats due to multiple social, political and security issues. Therefore, it is essential that the staff, community and supporters of the United Nations may be protected.
Hence, the day reminds the importance of the security of the UN staff worldwide. Therefore, nation-states need a strong resolve to create a safe and workable environment for the staff of the united nations. The staff and entourages are critical for the missions of the UN; therefore, their security and safety are the fundamental responsibility and priority.