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“I welcome the decision of the General Assembly to establish an International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. We must lift up the voices of victims and survivors of terrorist attacks, who consistently call for accountability and results. When we respect the human rights of victims and provide them with support and information, we reduce the lasting damage done by terrorists to individuals, communities and societies.”

-   UN Secretary-General, António Guterres


To observe the first International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Belgium, Iraq, Nigeria, and the United States, along with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED)  launched a multimedia exhibit on August 17, 2018 at the Exhibition Hall, Visitors’ Lobby at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The exhibition, opened by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, features the voices of victims, experts, and civil society leaders who have either been affected by a terrorist attack or have worked with victims.

The month-long exhibition (1 August – 4 September 2018) includes interviews and documentaries that highlight international solidarity with victims, shows positive stories of victims’ resilience and illustrates what has been done for and by victims over the last decades.

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Statements & Webcast

Time Statement
10:30 - 10:34 Opening remarks:
H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations.
Global one-minute of silence
10:34 - 10:38 Keynote Speech:
H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
10:38 - 10:41 Remarks:
Mr. Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
10:41 - 10:56 Remarks: Victims of terrorism and civil society organizations:
Mr. Sayed Mushtaq Hussaini, Afghanistan
Mr. Mohamed El Bachiri, Belgium | French version
Mr. Hasan Wahhab Al Araji, Iraq
Mr. Imrana Alhaji Buba, Nigeria
Ms. Liz Zirkle, USA
10:56 - 11:00 Closing Remarks:
H.E. Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the Office of Counter-terrorism