9/11/2001-UN Archives

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9/11/2001-UN Archives

New York City and the United Nations on 9/11/2001, a look back through UNTV archival footage - United Nations, New York, 9 September 2011 - This segment comprises video clips from the UN Audio-Visual Archives on the reaction at UN Headquarters to the tragedy, including remarks from the UN Secretary-General, and reactions from the Security Council and the General Assembly, as well as from staff at large.

From Diplomatically Incorrect Photo Blog:

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City also affected the United Nations, and most of the staff, officials and diplomats present. More critically, there was not only genuine sympathy but also support for America at the UN, but in many key global capitals. What has changed? Was support squandered? Could the promise of free and open societies been furthered to counter not only terrorism but also intolerance and closed ideology?

Some Americans have used the term “celebration” in referring to the observance of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. America has remarkably managed to overcome the physical wounds. Osama Bin Laden has been killed and Al-Qaeda is on the run. However, because of the victims and so many lives lost and damaged, it cannot be a moment of celebration. Besides individual lives, 9/11 has scarred America’s psyche. Are we as confident in our own open, free and tolerant societies when both the times and challenge require most our commitment to such American ideals. The 9/11 Anniversary may be perceived differently, but without contradiction it is a time of remembrance, reflection and recommitment.

By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

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Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 7 mins

Country: United Nations


  • Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)


  • Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)