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Strengthen resolve to protect UN staff; they work for peace and prosperity for all: UN Chief
The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members was observed by the UN Agencies across the world on March 25. It was reminded that 'day in and day out, deed by deed, United Nations personnel work unwaveringly to help the most vulnerable, protect the planet and build a better future for all.'

In his message, the UN Chief Antonio Guterres, while informing  that  there were 21 UN staff members under arrest or in detention,  five of whom are being held without any known charges, expressed the resolve for his colleagues' release.

" I call on all countries to support the 1994 Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel as well as its 2005 Optional Protocol. To date, only 95 countries are party to the Convention and only 33 to the Optional Protocol," he urged.

He added, " On this International Day of Solidarity, I call on the Member States and the international community to strengthen resolve to give them the protection they need to continue their work for peace and prosperity for all."

Another observance of the day, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade  on March 25 offered the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. According to the UN, the International observance aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

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