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UN Foundation donates $25,000 to UN Nobel Peace Prize Memorial Fund as Tribute to UN Employees

August 21, 2003

The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) announced today a donation of $25,000 to the United Nations Nobel Peace Prize Memorial Fund, a fund created by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan upon both his and the UN's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. This fund provides grants for the education of the children of UN employees killed in the line of duty.

"The tragic attack on the UN compound in Iraq does not mark the first time the UN has lost dedicated staff working in the field," said Sen. Timothy E. Wirth, president of the UN Foundation. "Every day all over the world UN employees work under harsh and often dangerous conditions to protect people from violence or provide humanitarian assistance to those in need. We offer this gift as a tribute to those who work on behalf of the United Nations in order to make the world a better and safer place." The UN Headquarters in Baghdad was bombed on August 19, 2003, resulting in the deaths of at least 22 UN personnel, including the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello and injuring more than one hundred others.

Others wishing to help the families of the victims of the bombing can do so through the UN Foundation. To contribute, go to www.unfoundation.org. All contributions are tax-deductible and no administrative fees will be charged against gifts, ensuring that 100 percent of all donations reach the UN Fund.

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The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist R.E. Turner’s historic gift to support UN causes. The United Nations Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the United Nations and its Charter. Through its grantmaking and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the United Nations Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic,
and environmental challenges of the 21st century.  

 
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