On 19 December 2017, by the adoption of General Assembly resolution A/RES/72/165, Member States designated 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
To support the first observance of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Belgium, Iraq, Nigeria and the United States of America to the United Nations co-organised the launch of the multimedia exhibition entitled “Surviving Terrorism: Victims’ Voices”, which victims of terrorism, and victims' association representatives, spoke about their experiences of terrorism.
The UNOCT also organized a series of activities throughout the month of August, including: a month long multimedia exhibition in New York, “Surviving Terrorism: Victims’ Voices”, showcasing victims’ voices, the coordination of the launch of other exhibitions around the world; and discussions and other events. UNOCT also supported United Nations information centres, civil society actors and social media platforms to raise awareness of the International Day.
On 28 November 2018, the Report of the Secretary-General on the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism (A/73/599) was published, detailing the United Nations work to support and advocate for victims of terrorism, and activities on and around the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism by United Nations offices and entities, and civil society. As well as the multimedia exhibition held in New York, these activities include the publication of a Handbook of Good Practices to Support Victims' Associations in Africa and the Middle East, and a documentary: Seeking Justice in the Face of Terrorism: Victims’ Voices from Mali.
The observance of the first International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism in August 2018, represented a major step forward in standing in solidarity with victims of terrorism. By inviting Member States, the United Nations, international organizations and civil society entities to observe the International Day, attention to victims was focused at the national, regional and international levels.
The Report of the Secretary-General is available to download here: