Indian peacekeeper, who died in the line of duty last year, honored at UN memorial ceremony
Update: May 07, 2021 12:57 AM STI
new York [US], May 7 (ANI): Indian UN peacekeeper Yuvraj Singh, who died in the line of duty in 2020, was honored at the annual UN memorial service on Thursday.
The United Nations on Thursday honored 336 staff who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2020, the highest number on record in a single year, in a memorial ceremony held online.
Tributes were paid to civilian and uniformed personnel who died as a result of malicious acts, natural disasters and other incidents.
The Permanent Representative of India to the UN TS Tirumurti paid tribute to Singh and praised his bravery.
“The 2021 UN Annual Memorial Service with UNSG @antonioguterres honors Indian United Nations peacekeeper Corporal Yuvraj Singh, who passed away in the line of duty in 2020. We salute his worth. and his contribution, let us pay our sincere tribute and send our sincere condolences to his family, ”he said. said in a tweet.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his remarks at the commemorative ceremony that 2020 is unlike any other in the history of the United Nations. “The world has faced a ruthless pandemic that continues to cause enormous suffering. Millions of families have lost loved ones. The United Nations family was no different,” he said.
The Secretary-General requested a minute’s silence in memory of the deceased colleagues, whose names were read aloud during the ceremony.
The staff who died in 2020 will never be forgotten, the Secretary-General said.
He also underscored the United Nations’ commitment to continue to review and improve practices related to the safety and care of personnel.
“They embodied the essence of multilateralism – people around the world joining forces to build a better world. On their behalf, we pledge to continue this work. As we honor our dear colleagues, let us keep their memories alive through our work to build a life of dignity and hope for all, ”he said. (ANI)