Summit on UN staff security to be held at Headquarters this week

8 December 2003

The sixth annual summit on United Nations staff security will take place in New York on Thursday, working from a theme based on the devastating terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August, which killed 22 people, including the top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

In a release issued today, the UN said the theme will be "After Baghdad: UN Workers Under The Gun", and the summit - to be held at UN Headquarters - would examine possible solutions to the continuing dangers faced by UN staff in the field.

The release added that the summit would also look at the Ahtisaari report, which criticized the UN's security management system in the wake of the Baghdad attack, and the accountability of UN officials.

After a series of presentations from the principal heads of UN bodies and relevant UN departments, the meeting will have a plenary session followed by a panel discussion. General Assembly president Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia will give the opening address.


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