UN salutes 29 staff members who lost lives in line of duty

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Annual memorial service held for fallen UN staff

The United Nations on Wednesday held its annual service in tribute to its personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty from 1 November 2011 to 31 August this year.

The Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council joined the Secretary-General in lighting candles representing the eternal flame for the fallen staff members.

Mr. Ban said this year the United Nations salutes 29 fallen colleagues – civilian, military and police – across 11 duty stations.

"These colleagues represent 16 nationalities. In their names and backgrounds we see the story of the United Nations: people from all corners of the world, many from humble circumstances serving far from home. Some came from places once mired in conflict and they were determined to bring a measure of peace to others" (Duration: 26")

After observing a moment of silence for the fallen staff members, Mr. Ban said the United Nations continues to enhance staff security.

He said the Organization is also urging governments to uphold their responsibility to provide security and prosecute those who target and attack United Nations staff.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’22″

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