International Day of Remembrance Of and Tribute To the Victims of Terrorism, 2020
On 21 August 2020, UNDOF joined the global United Nations community in pausing and remembering all of those affected by terrorism. Adhering to Covid-19 limitations, troops in all of UNDOF’s Camps and UN Positions turned out on parade to reflect and pay respect to those victims and survivors left bearing the scars of such atrocities. The following speech preceded a one minute’s silence, which was followed then by a Bugle Call.
“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Today, UNDOF joins the global United Nations community in remembering and honouring all victims and survivors of terrorism. We stand by those who grieve and those who continue to endure the physical and psychological wounds of terrorist atrocities.
The impact of terrorism on victims can last a lifetime and reverberate across generations. Traumatic memories cannot be erased, but we can help victims and survivors by seeking truth, justice and reparation, amplifying their voices and upholding their human rights.
A Resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 19 December 2017, in which it was decided to proclaim the 21st August the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Three years on, we stand here in South-West Syria, and together with our United Nations colleagues across the globe to give pause and support the victims and survivors of terrorism.
At 1705 hours, we will join an international community of peacekeepers in a minute’s silence to show our solidarity and pay respect to those affected by terrorism.”
The parade was a poignant reminder of the reasons why United Nations troops commit to peacekeeping around the world, and served to once again underline the importance of the mandates that we strive to achieve every day.