UN Chief pays tribute to colleagues killed "in the service of peace"

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by the President of the General Assembly and President of the Security Council, at the Annual Staff Memorial Service, 2016. Photo: Giles Clarke.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to colleagues from all UN agencies, funds and programmes, who have given their lives "in the service of peace."

Speaking at the 5th Annual Memorial Service at UN headquarters on Wednesday, to honour those who have died serving the UN, he said there was "nothing more powerful than the human spirit."

Priyanka Shankar reports.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to colleagues from all UN agencies, funds and programmes, who have given their lives "in the service of peace."

Speaking at the 5th Annual Memorial Service at UN headquarters on Wednesday, to honour those who have died serving the UN, he said there was "nothing more powerful than the human spirit."

Priyanka Shankar reports.

Five years ago, an Annual Memorial Service was instituted at UN headquarters, to honour the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This year the UN paid tribute to 210 staff members who died in the service of peace, between January 1st 2015 and the end of June this year.

Speaking at the service, after lighting candles together with the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly, the UN chief recognized the service and sacrifice of the fallen.

"The men and women we recognized today came from all corners of the world. They served in difficult and dangerous conditions. What drew them together? Our blue flag and all it represents. All countries. All faiths. All people. One flag. Others have tried to turn it into a target. But the flag remains a beacon."

The Secretary-General paid special tribute to Jori De Marco, a security officer killed while serving the Observer Mission in Tajikistan. Family members of six of those who have died, including the De Marco family, took part in the service.  

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.

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