As 76th General Assembly Convenes, United Nations Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims

  • September 24, 2021
The United Nations flag stands to the left of the Memorial, which is covered in white roses
Photo: Jin S. Lee

The United Nations paid tribute to victims of the 9/11 attacks with a special ceremony – organized on their behalf by their Office of Counter-Terrorism – at the Memorial on Monday. Over 300 participants attended, Heads of States, Ministers, and Delegations representing more than 120 Member States and international organizations convening in New York this week for the 76th UN General Assembly. 

On behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Mr. Vladimir Voronkov highlighted the significance of this event. 

“We have gathered from all over the world on this sacred ground in the host city of the United Nations to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the terrible attacks that occurred here just over 20 years ago,” he said. “We will continue to stand in solidarity with all victims of terrorism. They will not be forgotten. No day shall erase them from the memory of time.”

More than 300 United Nations diplomats line up in two rows during a tribute ceremony at the Memorial.
Photo: Jin S. Lee

Speaking at the ceremony, Alice M. Greenwald, the Museum’s President and CEO, said, “Your presence here is a powerful demonstration of global solidarity with the victims of 9/11 and their families, indeed with all victims of terrorism. Standing here today, you affirm the imperative of remembrance and underscore the obligation of our shared humanity – recognizing that the human impacts of terrorism and extreme violence are universal and collectively acknowledging the absolute illegitimacy of terrorism as a response to political grievance.”

The ceremony included a minute of silence and concluded with Under-Secretary-General Voronkov and Spain's Foreign Minister Albares Bueno laying wreaths in memory of  9/11 victims and terrorism victims around the globe. 

Throughout the rest of the week, numerous other Heads of State visited the Memorial and Museum to pay their respects, including Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; Marcelo Rebela De Sousa, President of Portugal; Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin; and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of the Ukraine. 

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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