“We’re united in sorrow and solidarity,” mentioned Secretary-Common António Guterres, consoling the members of the family and family members, becoming a member of within the memorial occasion from everywhere in the world, telling them: “our hearts are with you”.
All through the previous 12 months, COVID-19 continued to trigger “immeasurable struggling and demise,” he mentioned.
The UN chief paid tribute to all colleagues who died in service final 12 months, whether or not via malicious acts, pure disasters, or sickness.
Typically removed from residence, with out fanfare, they devoted their careers to assist others — UN chief
“Collectively, they signify the magnificent variety of our United Nations household,” upheld the UN chief.
Profiling the fallen
Hailing from 104 nations, 70 had been navy personnel, one a police officer and 414 civilian staff, he mentioned.
Their experience and backgrounds had been as various because the work they did throughout the UN Secretariat, businesses, funds, and programmes.
“Typically removed from residence, with out fanfare, they devoted their careers to assist others”, he added.
Aspiring to lofty objectives
“Unbowed by cynicism, they labored to make a distinction – irrespective of how excessive the impediment; irrespective of how distant the reward; irrespective of, even, how troublesome the problem,” he mentioned.
They labored to safe peace in forgotten locations; fed the hungry; sheltered these pushed from their houses; helped defend our planet; delivered life-saving help; and fought to provide kids a greater future.
“In brief, they upheld the imaginative and prescient and values of the United Nations,” the Secretary-Common declared. “We mourn their passing and cherish their recollections”.
Work as one
After a second of silent reflection on their lives and repair, he spoke of a world in turmoil, “scarred by conflicts, threatened by crises and overwhelmed by emergencies”.
In hope of becoming a member of forces and dealing collectively “as one worldwide neighborhood”, Mr. Guterres reminded that the UN is each “the instrument and the expression of that neighborhood”.
“It’s the colleagues we honour at this time who embodied that promise and gave life to that hope,” he mentioned.
Dedication and help
The Secretary-Common pledged the help of the UN for the households of the fallen and to assessment and enhance the security, care, and wellbeing of its workers.
“We vow to hold on with the identical dedication and braveness that outlined their work,” he mentioned.
“Our colleagues misplaced their lives, however their spirit to assist others lives on – at this time and every single day,” acknowledged the UN chief, including that will their reminiscence be “a blessing and an inspiration to us all”.
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