The Peace Meditation Choir was honoured to offer songs of peace composed by Sri Chinmoy at the United Nations High-Level Forum on The Culture of Peace held in the UN General Assembly Hall the morning of 7 September 2017. The event was convened by the President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, in cooperation with The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace, and in conjunction with the Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.
Following the Keynote Address by Dr. Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate, the Choir offered a musical interlude, after which the President said, “On behalf of you all, I’d like to thank Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations for that beautiful performance, and for the Culture of Peace for which they have stood for so long.”
Following is a link to the UN TV webcast for the morning session, with the Choir performance starting at 30 minutes into the event.
In the afternoon session, the Panel Discussion was moderated by H.E. Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations; Chair of the UN General Assembly Drafting Committee for the Declaration and Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace (1998-1999); and Founder, Global Movement for The Culture of Peace. During the programme, the Representative of India, Mr. Srinivas Prasad, stated: “As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, India has been the home to a continuous stream of great spiritual teachers and thinkers throughout the centuries who have spread the message of a culture of peace. Starting with the hymns of the Vedas and leading to Lord Buddha and Gandhi-ji the message of Indian civilization is: a culture of peace. This was highlighted today in the morning by the beautiful songs of peace by Sri Chinmoy we heard. India is deeply conscious and proud of this heritage and remains committed to a culture of peace.”
Following is a link to the UN TV webcast for the afternoon session.
Below is the programme for the event, as well as a programme insert with the words to the Songs of Peace by Sri Chinmoy performed by the Singers.