News Focus: UN observes anniversary of terror attack on its Baghdad office



2009 - Paying tribute to victims of deadly bombing of the UN office in Baghdad:
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and survivors of the attack attended the ceremony at UN Headquarters. | Remarks
  • The programme included the world premiere of a new work of classical music written in memory of UN staff who have perished in the line of duty. | Video of ceremony

Key Resources
The Baghdad bombing 'remains one of the UN's darkest days' - Ban Ki-moon

One month after terror attack, UN flag back at full mast in Baghdad

On 19 August 2003, a brutal terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

More on the aftermath
'A roll call of HEROES that would be the envy of any nation'


Memorial to the Fallen

The Memorial is dedicated to UN staff members who lost their lives in the service of peace.

It was funded from the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize award to the UN peacekeeping forces. It has as its centerpiece a wall of crystal glass with the words, "Remember here those who gave their lives for peace" inscribed in the six official languages of the Organization.