Since last Wednesday, the UN has lost staff in Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Darfur region of Sudan.
“The roster of the fallen, in recent days, has been shocking and profoundly sad,” Mr. Ban said at the ceremony, which also included a moment of silence. “We stand in solidarity with their friends and families, united in sorrow, but united also in our mission.
Norwegian Lieutenant Colonel Siri Skare (53) was among those killed at the UN headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan last Friday.
“Like those who have gone before, they gave their lives to the most noble of causes: helping those in need, working for peace,” said the Secretary-General.
Norway's Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, and other representatives of Norway's UN delegation attended the ceremony in New York on Wednesday.