UN holds memorial to honour fallen heroes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser light candle at memorial service

The United Nations held a memorial on Monday to honour the lives of 197 men and women, both military and civilian personnel, who have died in various incidents around the world since 2010.

Recent deadly incidents involving the UN include the bombing of offices in Abuja, Nigeria, suicide attacks in Afghanistan, two plane crashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in Bolivia; and an attack against aid workers in Sudan.

The service marks the beginning of a new annual tradition to remember those who perish in the line of duty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Meanwhile, the UN is taking necessary measures to protect its staff, Mr. Ban added.

"We continue modernizing our security operations, from infrastructure to threat analysis, training and protection. We are strengthening what we do for families in the aftermath of death and disaster. And we are pressing governments to uphold their responsibility not only to provide security, but to prosecute those who target UN staff for violence."

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