Secretary Locsin Joins World Leaders in Commemorating 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Left (Photo credit: UNOCT): Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., observes a moment of silence at the memorial and tribute ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Right (Photo credit: NYPM): Secretary Locsin and Under-Secretary Vladimir Voronkov, head of the UN Office of Counter Terrorism speak at the sidelines of the ceremony.
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 21 September 2021 – Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., joined world leaders, ministers, and diplomats in the memorial and tribute ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City today.
During the ceremony, remarks were given by Ms. Alice Greenwald, President and CEO of the Museum, Under-Secretary General Vladimir Voronkov of the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism, and Minister Jose Manuel Albares of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs European Union and Cooperation of Spain on behalf of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism.
“We gather here today to pay tribute and honor the victims of the heinous attacks that took place on September 11, 2001 in the United States, where nearly 3,000 lives from more than 90 countries all over the world were taken by the terrorists, and thousands more injured. We want to remember all those who lost their lives and praise those who risked everything to help them. We also express our deepest sympathy and solidarity to grieving families, and recognize all people who continue to struggle due to their horrific experiences,” Minister Bueno said.
He further acknowledged the ‘meaningful role that victims of terrorism play a central role in all our counter terrorist efforts’ and that ‘victims must be empowered to have their voices heard and counter the narrative of destruction and intolerance promoted by terrorist groups’.
The Philippines is a member of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism which seeks to promote and protect the human rights of the victims of terrorism, and to provide the victims and their families with support, assistance and rehabilitation, to ensure that their needs are met and their human rights are recognized and protected. END