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UNICEF statement on killing of aid workers in South Sudan
NEW YORK, 27 March 2017 – “All of us at UNICEF are shocked by the senseless killing of staff belonging to our partner organization, the Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organization. The humanitarian workers were travelling in a car that was clearly marked as belonging to a non–governmental organization.

UNICEF statement on passing of mama Albertina Sisulu
Statement - 3 June 2011

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the death of Bill Sergeant
Statement - 26 February 2011

UNICEF Afghanistan mourns the death of Hamida Barmaki
Statement - 29 January 2011

IN MEMORIAM: Charles A. Egger

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the death of Professor Ihsan Dogramaci
Statement - 25 February 2010

Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on confirmation of the death of Teshome Mandefro Ergete
Statement - 30 November 2009

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman statement on the passing of Norman Borlaug
Statement - 13 September 2009

UNICEF mourns death of Professor Peter Townsend
NEW YORK, 15 June 2009 - With great sadness,  UNICEF has learned that Professor Peter Townsend, a champion for children everywhere...

Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the loss of a staff member in the Peshawar blast
NEW YORK, 9 June 2009 - “UNICEF is greatly saddened by the death of a much-loved colleague, Perseveranda So, as a result of the bombing of the...

UNICEF staff member killed in Southern Somalia
NAIROBI, 20 October 2008 – UNICEF today strongly condemned the killing of a Somali staff member who was shot on Sunday, 19 October, in Huddur, southern Somalia.

UNICEF mourns the death of Eve Curie Labouisse
NEW YORK, 25 October 2007 – UNICEF is saddened to learn of the death of Eve Curie Labouisse on Monday 22 October. Mrs. Labouisse was 102 at the time of her death.

UNICEF mourns death of staff member
NEW YORK, 20 February, 2007 - UNICEF is mourning the tragic loss of staff member Maria-Solange Auteri, 32, who died Friday in New York after suffering a sudden and unexpected brain aneurysm.

UNICEF mourns loss of staff member in Kenya
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 4 December 2006 – UNICEF expressed deep sorrow at the death of staff member Patrick Macharia on December 3rd in Kenya.

Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director on death of WHO chief Dr. Lee Jong-wook
NEW YORK, 22 May 2006 - "Dr. Lee was truly a champion for children’s health.  We mourn his loss and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues.
“Dr. Lee will be remembered for his intelligence, creativity and extraordinary commitment to improving health around the world.
“He was a great man, a brilliant leader and a wonderful friend.  He will be greatly missed.”

UNICEF Offers Sympathies After Death of First Lady of Nigeria
NEW YORK, 24 October 2005 - UNICEF expressed deep regret today at the passing of Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, the First Lady of Nigeria, who died on Sunday after undergoing surgery.

UNICEF mourns death of Dick Heyward
NEW YORK, 4 August 2005 – UNICEF today mourned the passing of Dick Heyward, a beloved and influential senior statesman for UNICEF for more than 30 years. Heyward, who retired from UNICEF in 1981, died Wednesday in Long Island, New York, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.

UNICEF calls Pope John Paul "great friend of children"
MANILA / NEW YORK, 2 April 2005 - UNICEF said the world's children lost one of their greatest friends today as the organization mourned the passing of Pope John Paul II.

UNICEF mourns loss of staff member in Baghdad blast
NEW YORK, 19 August 2003 –  UNICEF expressed deep sorrow at the deaths of United Nations staff members today, including one of its own, in the blast at UN headquarters in Baghdad.   The UNICEF Programme Coordinator in Iraq, Mr. Christopher Klein-Beekman, age 32, was killed when the blast tore through the main UN facility in Baghdad.  Mr. Klein-Beekman held a senior position in Iraq and was Officer-in-Charge for UNICEF at the time of his death.

Funeral service held for UNICEF staff member killed in Baghdad
COURTENAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, 31 AUGUST 2003 – The funeral of Chris Klein-Beekman, the Canadian serving as UNICEF programme coordinator in Iraq when he was killed by last week’s bomb explosion at UN headquarters in Baghdad, was held today at the Comox Recreation Centre, near his parents’ hometown of Courtenay on Vancouver Island.




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