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Valery Gergel. History of the Museum of the UN Peacekeeping Operations and movement of the young peacemakers

Valery Gergel

 

History of the Museum of the UN Peacekeeping Operations

 

The idea to establish a Museum o­n UN Peacekeeping was born at the 1-st Russian National Conference Peace-keeping Operations. Problems and Experience held in Moscow and Solnechnogorsk, April 11-12, 1993. It was formulated after observation of a small exhibition (a blue helmet and a few shoulder straps) by the Deputy Minister of the Interior of Russia then Lieutenent-General A.S.Kulikov and was supported by participants of the conference.

 

The first exhibition of the Museum under the title In the Service of Peace and Humanism was open for the public by the Union of Peacemakers May 18-20, 1995 in the Federation of Peace and Accord (Moscow, Prospect Mira, 36). A few artifacts of the exhibition were shown over national TV by "Mir" (Peace) broadcasting company.

 

The second exhibition UN Peacekeeping: In the Service of Peace was organized October 18-28, 1995 by the Union of Peacemakers in collaboration with the UN Information Center in Moscow, o­n the occasion of the 50-th anniversary of the United Nations. At the opening ceremony the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation of Russia Ramazan Abdulatipov underlined, that this kind of exhibition may be useful both for experts and for schoolboys for the study of the UN history.

 

December 1996, at the request of the Vystrel Military Academy Command the Union of Peacemakers moved the exhibition named Museum of Peacekeeping Operations to the territory of Russian Center for Training of UNMOs (Solnechnogorsk) where it is used for training of Russian and international peacekeepers as well as for presentations for Russian and foreign delegations.

 

Many years after its foundation the Museum enjoys support of Russian Foreign affair, Defence and the Interior ministries and receives assistance from the UN Information Center in Moscow, Vystrel military Academy (now Training Center of the Combined Arms Military Academy), UNA Russia and Moscow government.

 

Exhibitions organized by the Museum were visited by approximately by 2 500 persons. And among them there were over 700 children participants of the game Model of UN Peacekeeping. (. - http://un-museum.ru/history/index-e.htm )

 

Museum Bulletin "Voice of Peacemakers"( http://un-museum.ru/vestnik/index-e.htm ) is published since February 13, 2001 by Moscow-region public organization "Union of Peacemakers" in cooperation with Moscow Institute of Open Education and the UN Information Center in Moscow.

The bulletin is sent to the principals of schools in Moscow and the regions of Russia, to Russian peacekeepers participating in UN and OSCE missions, peacekeeping veterans in Russia and in the Ukraine. o­ne of the earlier issues in English may be obtained at the address http://un-useum.ru/vestnik/2-78-E.htm

 

Valery Gergel,

Ph.D. in history, researcher of the laboratory of Moscow Institute of Open Education, UN military observer in 1973-1976, director of the Museum of Peacekeeping Operations; Russia; director@un-museum.ru

http://un-museum.ru/

Address:
Russia, 141500, Solnechnogorsk, Dzerzinsky Street, 2057.
Museum Council of Veterans Phone: (495)9941073

03/09/07



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