Press Release

The Secretary-General's Message to the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

21 August 2023


We come together to remember the victims and survivors of terrorism;

To stand with the families changed forever;

And to resolve to build a more peaceful future – together.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is: “Legacy: Finding Hope and Building a Peaceful Future.”

On this Day, we pay our respects to all those lost or harmed through terrorist attacks around the world.

We pay tribute to the extraordinary work of those victims and survivors who have resolved to use their experiences to bring about change.

And we welcome the launch of the Legacy Project, which is helping their testimonies be heard around the world.

Let us all commit to support victims and survivors, to amplify their voices, to work together to ensure that the lives taken and changed by terrorism are never forgotten. And to build a better future for us all.

Thank you.

António Guterres

António Guterres

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.
Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.

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