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Fiji Part Of UN Memorial Service In New York

A solemn candle lighting ceremony followed by a UN Dag Hammarskjold medal presentation ceremony was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to mark the annual United
29 Oct 2016 12:16
Fiji Part Of UN Memorial Service In New York
From left: Fiji Permanent Mission to the UN’s Military and Police Adviser, Colonel Manoa Gadai, Madame Ban Soon-taek, UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon, Lanieta Daveta and Sainiana Dinati. Photo: DEPTFO News

A solemn candle lighting ceremony followed by a UN Dag Hammarskjold medal presentation ceremony was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to mark the annual United Nations Staffs Memorial Service.

Led by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson and the President of the UN Security Council Vitally Churkin, the day honours and commemorates the 211 United Nations personnel who lost their lives in the service of peace last year.

The UN Dag Hammarskjold medal is named after the second Secretary General of the United Nations who died in a plane crash in 1961.

UN Staff and the 194 UN member states were gathered at the United Nations headquarters to attend the UN Memorial Service and received medals on behalf of their UN staff who died while serving in the cause of peace last year, 2015.

Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations was represented by Colonel Manoa Gadai, the Military and Police Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Fiji, his wife Tatila Gadai and Lanieta Daveta, who was invited by the United Nations to attend the Memorial Service and receive the Dag Hammarkskjold medal on behalf of her late husband, Sergeant Joeli Daveta, who passed away on November 3, 2015 while serving with United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan.

During the ceremony, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s delivered the following opening remarks:

“Five years ago, we instituted an annual memorial service at the headquarters to honour the women and men of the United Nations who gave their lives in the service of peace.

“Today, we come together to pay tribute to 210 of our colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty between 1 January, 2015 and 30 June of this year.

“We also pay tribute to the late Jori De Marco, who was killed while serving as a security officer for the Observer Mission in Tajikistan.

“We are honoured to be joined today by family members of six fallen personnel, including those of Jori De Marco. In nearly a decade as Secretary-General, I have had the sad duty to take part in many staff memorials at Headquarters and around the world.

“Like all of you, I have been deeply affected by the loss of friends and colleagues on the job.  In many ways, that feeling never goes away.

“The men and women we recognise today came from all corners of the world. They served in difficult and dangerous conditions.”

Source: DEPTFO News

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