United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is annually observed across the globe on 21st August to honour and support the victims and survivors of terrorism. The day also aims to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedom of the victims of terrorism.
- 21st August 2021 marks the 4th commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
The theme of the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism 2021 is “Connections”.
i.The Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/17/8 proposed to proclaim the 19th August of every year as International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
ii.United Nations General Assembly(UNGA), adopted the resolution A/RES/72/165 on 19th December 2017 and proclaimed the 21st August of every year as International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
iii.The first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism was observed on 21st August 2018.
i.The events are organised by the UN Office of Counter Terrorism in collaboration with the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism.
ii.A short film titled “Surviving Terrorism: The Power of Connections” featuring testimonies of the victims and survivors of terrorism across the globe will be launched.
Efforts of UN:
UN Report on international cooperation to assist the victims of Terrorism:
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres published a report titled “‘Progress of the UN system to support the Member States in assisting victims of terrorism” which was mandated by the 2019 General Assembly resolution on ‘enhancement of international cooperation to assist victims of terrorism.
Victims of Terrorism Support Portal:
Victims of Terrorism Support Portal is a support portal of the UN dedicated to highlighting the importance of individuals across the globe who has been attacked, injured, traumatized or lost their lives during terrorist attacks
About United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT):
Under-Secretary-General– Vladimir Voronkov
Established on 15 June 2017
Headquarters- New York, United States