Dignitaries from all over the world gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday as the world body marked the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Several senior UN officials paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy and called on states to never forget what happened on 9/11.
Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro told delegates: “The attacks targeted more than one single country. They were an assault on humanity itself and on the universal values of peace and dignity that the United Nations was created to promote and defend.”
The candle lighting ceremony was accompanied by music from the New York Symphony orchestra and soloists Mzuri Moyo and David D’or.
In a separate ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta stitched a piece of a gigantic American flag that was mostly destroyed in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre attacks.