Objectives

The key objectives of the APMP are;

  • To erect a Memorial in Canberra by Australian Peacekeepers Day on the 14th September 2017 that appropriately recognizes the sacrifice and continuing contribution of Australians to international peacekeeping.
  • To develop appropriate design criteria and guidelines that meet the requirement of the Canberra National Memorials Committee, and fittingly represents Australia's past and present peacekeeping role in the world.
  • To develop, monitor and adjust as appropriate the publicity, marketing and fund raising activities associated with APMP to best meet the APMP vision in a changing environment.
  • To encourage contributions to the APMP Gift Fund of any kind whatsoever as the Committee may deem advisable.
  • To provide effective and efficient management of the APMP, its assets and all associated resources.

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Purpose

the Memorial will commemorate and celebrate Australian peacekeeping past, present and future. It will commemorate the courage, sacrifice, service and valour of Australian Peacekeepers given in the same spirit as in other conflicts honoured by cenotaphs and memorials across Australia and on ANZAC Parade. It will also celebrate Australia's contribution to international peacekeeping since its commitment to the first UN peacekeeping mission on 14th September 1947. It will further enhance the excellent achievement and reputation of Australia and its Peacekeepers in international peace and security.

It will acknowledge the deaths and casualties suffered by Australian Peacekeepers while deployed on operations. It will recognise the critical contributions made by the Australian Defence Force, the Federal, State and Territory Police Forces, and Australian civilians to peacekeeping operations which are commanded or authorised by the United Nations, or are sanctioned by the Australian Government. It will be a reminder of the difficulties and dangers international peacekeeping often faces in remote and isolated regions, where infrastructure is destroyed and peace is at best fragile. It will acknowledge the skills, professionalism, resourcefulness and courage required of individuals in such circumstances, the often horrific humanitarian crises and human rights abuses they must confront and the long term emotional and physiological impact these experiences can have on individuals. It will also reflect awareness of the support and sacrifices given by the families of peacekeepers.

The Memorial seeks to show that Australia's contribution to peacekeeping exemplifies Australian openness, fairness, egalitarianism, mateship, initiative, and respect for diversity and social justice for all people.

The Memorial will record the evolution of international peacekeeping for almost 70 years, including the development of complex multi-dimensional and integrated missions with multi-national military, police and civilian components. It should demonstrate that Australia and the individual Peacekeepers that it sends overseas contribute positively to international peace and world stability by assisting nations to regain stability and aiding individuals in distress and danger.

The Memorial will be a focal point for national parades and remembrance ceremonies in recognition of Australian peacekeeping on appropriate occasions such as ANZAC day (25th April), UN International Day of Peacekeepers (29th May), Australian Peacekeeper's and Peacemaker's Day (14th September), and United Nations Day (24th October). It will be available always for individual and group commemoration and reflection.

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial will be a living memorial in that it will identify past and future peacekeeping operations and ongoing national and individual commitment and sacrifice.

Strategic Relationships and Partnerships

To ensure success, it is critical that a cooperative partnership is developed between the APMP and the many individuals and groups interested in the project. These include the Australian Federal Government, the Australian Capital Territory Government, the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal, State and Territory Police, Commonwealth and State Departments who have deployed members on Australian peacekeeping operations, the Ex Service Organisations and Veterans communities, the Media and the Australian Public.

It is important that the Memorial is complementary to the concepts of service and sacrifice represented by other national memorials in Canberra and within the ANZAC Parade and Australian War Memorial precinct.

It will be particularly important to engage with past and serving members of the Defence Force and Police who are peacekeeping veterans or currently serving in peacekeeping operations.