September 12, 2011
On September 12, 2011, diplomats, officials, and staff of international organizations gathered at the Vienna International Center to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna Yury Fedotov were joined by Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Executive Secretary Tibor Toth of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in a ceremony to honor victims of terrorism around the world.
Ambassador Davies honored the nearly 3000 victims from more than 90 countries who died in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He paid homage to victims of terrorism world-wide, recalling terrorist attacks in Russia, India, Colombia, and Iraq, among others, emphasizing that communities have proven resilient, enduring and thriving while recovering from acts of terrorism. Ambassador Davies also highlighted the efforts of the UN and other international organizations to overcome terrorism, including bearing the brunt of terrorist attacks. He honored Ingrid Midtgaard of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, who was recently killed in a terrorist attack in Nigeria.
“We gather today to share our common commitment to peace for all, and our common determination not to rest until terrorism is defeated. We gather to make known our unified message: Terrorism will not prevail. We are vigilant. We remember and honor those we have lost. And we pursue our lives with confidence, not fear.”