Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum/The Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN.Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum/The Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN

Remembering fallen UN staff members

4/5/2011 // United Nations staff and delegates, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, today mourned the loss of at least 40 of their colleagues who perished in the line of duty over the past week with a wreath-laying ceremony at the world body’s headquarters in New York.

UNAMA Holds Memorial Ceremony for Staff Lost in Mazar-i-Sharif 
A staff member of the of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) addresses the memorial ceremony held by UNAMA in Kabul for seven colleagues whose lives were claimed a few days ago, on 1 April, in an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif. Pictured is Staffan de Mistura (front, left), Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA. . 
Photo: UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein.
UNAMA Holds Memorial Ceremony for Staff Lost in Mazar-i-Sharif A staff member of the of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) addresses the memorial ceremony held by UNAMA in Kabul for seven colleagues whose lives were claimed a few days ago, on 1 April, in an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif. Pictured is Staffan de Mistura (front, left), Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA. . Photo: UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein 

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.


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