UN and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes condemn Easter Day attack on civilians in Lahore, Pakistan


UN and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes condemn Easter Day attack on civilians in Lahore, Pakistan

On 22 September 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives the opening remarks at the panel and interactive discussion ‘Meeting of the Minds: Investing in Early Childhood as the Foundation for Sustainable Development’ at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ). The high-level meeting, hosted and co-chaired by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, brought together leaders from the public and private sectors, academia, UN organizations and civil society, media leaders and other participants to pledge their commitments to early childhood development. The meeting was followed by a press briefing – hosted by Mr. Lake, Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Dr. Jack Shonkoff – on the urgent need for increased investment in early childhood development globally. The high-level event and press briefing were held in the context of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, which opened on 15 September, and preceded the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit taking place on 25 September at UNHQ. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are meant to succeed the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – which were set in 2000, to be met by 2015 – and will guide development efforts through 2030.

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Statements by the United Nations Pakistan Country Team and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Statement from the United Nations System in Pakistan

“United Nations Country Team in Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms, the murderous attack on hundreds of people at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, mainly women and children. All people in Pakistan have the right to peaceful lives. Brutality such as that in Lahore contradicts that universal right. Our thoughts are with the Pakistani people, with the victims and their families.”

Islamabad, Pakistan, 28 March 2016


Statement attributable to the Spokesman of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide bombing today at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing at least 60 people and wounding over 100, including many women and children.

“The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of this appalling terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. He urges the Government to do its utmost to put in place protective measures to ensure the personal security of all individuals, including religious minority communities living in the country.

“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan.”

New York, 27 March 2016