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Diplomacy for Peace: Commemorative Event Marking…

Diplomacy for Peace: Commemorative Event Marking the 75th Anniversary of Special Political Missions
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The United Nations marks the 75th anniversary this year of the establishment of the first United Nations special political mission (SPM): the deployment of Folke Bernadotte to the Middle East in 1948 as United Nations Mediator.

Since 1948, SPMs have become indispensable instruments for the maintenance of international peace and security. They have accompanied Member States through historic times of change, from supporting the decolonization and independence processes in Africa and Asia in the 1960s to assisting Central America in ending its civil wars in the 1990s.

Today, SPMs – civilian missions with mandates to support Member States in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding – have become more numerous, complex and diverse. 

The event will explore the role and contribution of SPMs in the maintenance of international peace and security as well as the challenges they face in fulfilling their mandates in today's complex geopolitical environment, and reflect their achievements, challenges, and lessons learned over the past seven and a half decades. It will feature the launch of a commemorative video on the work of SPMs and showcase several virtual reality experiences from SPM contexts as well as a photo exhibit entitled "Diplomacy for Peace: Marking 75 Years of SPMs".

The event is organized by the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), together with the Permanent Missions of Finland and Mexico.