“We are united in grief and solidarity,” said General Secretary António Guterres, consolation for family and friendsjoining the commemorative action from all over the world, telling them: “Our hearts are with you.”
Throughout the past year, COVID-19 continued to cause “immeasurable suffering and death,” he said.
The UN chief paid tribute to all colleagues who lost their lives in the service last year as a result of malicious acts, natural disasters or disease.
Often away from home, quietly, they devoted their careers to helping others. head of the UN
“Together they represent the magnificent diversity of our family of the United Nations,” the head of the UN supported.
Profiling the fallen
According to him, 70 people from 104 countries were military personnel, one police officer and 414 civil servants.
Their backgrounds and backgrounds were as diverse as the work they did in the UN Secretariat, agencies, funds and programmes.
“Often away from home, quietly, they devoted their careers to helping others,” he added.
Striving for high goals
“Adamant to cynicism, they worked to make a difference – no matter how high the obstacles; no matter how far the reward is; it doesn’t even matter how difficult the challenge is,” he said.
They worked to bring peace to forgotten places; fed the hungry; sheltered those expelled from their homes; helped protect our planet; rescue aid delivered; and fought to give children a better future.
“In short, they supported the vision and values of the United Nations,” said the Secretary General. “We mourn their passing and cherish their memory.”
After a moment of silent reflection on their lives and ministry, he spoke of a world in turmoil, “wounded by conflict, threatened by crises, and overwhelmed by emergencies.”
Hoping to join forces and work together “as one international community,” Mr. Guterres recalled that the UN is both “an instrument and an expression of this community.”
“Today we honor the colleagues who made that promise come true and gave life to that hope,” he said.
Loyalty and support
The Secretary-General pledged UN support to the families of the victims, and to review and improve the safety, care and well-being of his staff.
“We vow to continue with the same dedication and courage that defined their work,” he said.
“Our colleagues have died, but their spirit of helping others lives on today and every day,” the UN chief said, adding that may their memory be “a blessing and an inspiration to all of us.”