January 21, 2014
“21 January 2014 – In the wake of the terrorist attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul last Friday, which, amongst others, left four United Nations personnel dead, the head of a UN staff body has called on Member States to sign a UN convention designed to help ensure the safety of its personnel.
Speaking at a memorial service held on Monday in the Swiss city of Geneva, which hosts a number of the world body’s various agencies, the President of the Staff Coordinating Council at the UN Office at Geneva, Ian Richards, said working for the UN has become “more and more dangerous.”
“Last year 58 personnel were targeted by terrorists and insurgents, making it a particularly murderous year. This year sadly promises more of the same. This is the sad reality that we as UN staff face today. The UN flag is now a target, not a shield and we are targeted because of who we are and what we do,” said Mr. Richards at the gathering, which was attended by staff and high-ranking officials, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, and the UN Human Rights Council President, Baudelaire Ndong Ella….”