UN / MEMORIAL

30-Jun-2020 00:01:29
Paying tribute to UN personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “the blue flag of the United Nations symbolizes hope. That hope is part of the legacy of the colleagues we mourn today. They paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could look forward to better days.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

30 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This year, when the world is facing the unprecedented upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also commemorating 75 years of the United Nations. Our Organization was born from the ashes of the Second World War and has promoted peace and human progress ever since. All around the world, especially in the most fragile contexts, the blue flag of the United Nations symbolizes hope. That hope is part of the legacy of the colleagues we mourn today. They paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could look forward to better days.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

30 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This year we pay tribute to 77 UN personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty between 16 March and 31 December 2019. Thirty-eight were military, which underscores the increasingly complex and dangerous work our peacekeepers are asked to perform. Three were police – and 36 were civilian personnel. They came from 41 nations. We mourn their passing and cherish their memories.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters
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Paying tribute to UN personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today (30 Jun) said “the blue flag of the United Nations symbolizes hope. That hope is part of the legacy of the colleagues we mourn today. They paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could look forward to better days.”

During a virtual meeting to celebrate the UN Annual Memorial Service to Remember UN Personnel colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty, Guterres said, “this year, when the world is facing the unprecedented upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also commemorating 75 years of the United Nations,” adding that the Organization “was born from the ashes of the Second World War and has promoted peace and human progress ever since.”

The Secretary-General noted that 77 UN personnel (civilian, military, and police) from 41 nations lost their lives in the line of duty between 16 March and 31 December 2019.

Thirty-eight of them were military, which, Guterres said, “underscores the increasingly complex and dangerous work our peacekeepers are asked to perform.”

Three police and 36 were civilian personnel also lost their lives.

Guterres said, “we mourn their passing and cherish their memories.”
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