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UN honours fallen colleagues and legacy of hope they leave behind

Fallen UN colleagues were honoured on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony commemorating their bravery, and having served the UN cause of saving future generations “from the scourge of war and to pursue better standards of living for all in larger freedom”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, paying tribute.

News in Brief 11 March 2019

  • UN Secretary-General leads tributes to UN workers who died in Ethiopia crash
  • UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims
  • Human Rights Council-appointed expert calls for Myanmar investigation
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New UN Ombudsman has been listening to problems ‘all my life’

With eight days on the job, Shireen Dodson, the new UN Ombudsman, did not set out to become a career mediator, but began to master the basics as a young child, when she diplomatically negotiated between her divorced parents. In an interview with UN News, she told Liz Scaffidi why she feels the role is a great fit, and how she hopes to boost collaboration and partnerships across the UN.

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Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

Remembering 22 colleagues killed by the “horrific terrorist attack” on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad 15 years ago, Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all staff to pay tribute to the fallen by “continuing their mission,” and keep going to “dangerous places with the aim of making them safer”.

In annual memorial, UN pays tribute to 140 fallen staff members

Were it not for the sacrifices of United Nations peacekeepers, humanitarians and other personnel, the people who needed urgent support in the most difficult and dangerous environments would have experienced greater suffering, the top UN official said Thursday in an annual memorial service for fallen colleagues. 

Volunteering enhances "liberty of others" one meal at a time

Providing free healthy meals to the elderly might seem like a small step but it allows them to stay in their homes longer, thus enhancing their autonomy and, ultimately, their freedom.

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‘Gaps left by our fallen staff members can never be filled’ – UN chief

At a solemn event at United Nations Headquarters this morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon honoured colleagues killed on duty, as he explained that while demand for humanitarian workers is growing at an unprecedented rate, direct attacks against those vital actors are on the rise.

Ban calls on countries to ensure safety of ‘increasingly vulnerable’ UN staff

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to ensure the protection of thousands of United Nations personnel who risk their lives to help people in need around the world.

Kenyan court jails men who killed UN aid worker

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Josette Sheeran welcomed today the decision by the Kenyan High Court to sentence five men to 56 years in prison each for the murder of a WFP staff member in 2008.

UN staff union mourns colleagues killed over past year

United Nations staff members have become primary targets of attacks by terrorists and insurgents around the globe, the world body’s Staff Union warned today as it paid tribute to those colleagues killed while serving with the Organization in 2011.