Four peacekeepers from Ghana will be honored posthumously during the United Nations Peacekeepers Day ceremony.
A UN statement says Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath in honor of approximately 4,200 peacekeepers who have lost their lives since 1948.
Guterres will also preside over a ceremony where the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian peacekeepers, who lost their lives serving under the UN flag last year. .
“Among the peacekeepers to be honored posthumously are four Ghanaians: SGT Mansfield Sekyere who served with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); MM. Francis Assuah Kwajan and Alphonsus Bieturu who served in a civilian capacity with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA); and Mr. Victor Akwasi Osei-Akyempong who served in a civilian capacity with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO),” the UN statement said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, in collaboration with the UN in Ghana and national security agencies, is also expected to lead the National Memorial Ceremony in Accra in honor of Ghanaian peacekeepers, active and retired.
“Wreaths will be laid in memory of those who have lost their lives in the service of peace. The ceremony will take place on the forecourt of the Ministry.
Ghana is the 9th largest contributor of personnel to United Nations peacekeeping, deploying nearly 2,600 military and police personnel in peace operations in Lebanon, Mali, the Middle East, among others.
During a special ceremony, the Secretary-General will posthumously award the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” to Captain Abdelrazakh Hamit Bahar of Chad, and will also award the “Military Gender Advocate Award 2021 to Major Winnet Zharare, a Zimbabwean. military observer, who served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
In his message, the Secretary-General said: “…reminds us of an age-old truth: peace can never be taken for granted. Peace is the price. We are deeply grateful to the 87,000 civilians, police and military personnel currently serving under the UN flag and helping to realize the price of world peace.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “People. Peace. Progress. The power of partnerships.