The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has been designated a UN Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The designation took place at UN Geneva today, by the Secretary-General and by the world-renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, the Orchestra’s co-founder and a UN Messenger of Peace.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ban said: “I have heard the Orchestra perform several times, most recently a Concert for the Understanding of Civilizations and Human Rights here at the Palais des Nations last October (main photo). Every performance is a testimony to the power of music to break down barriers, to promote cultural understanding and to build bridges between communities.
“As a Global Advocate, the Orchestra will work closely with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to build mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, highlighting the will of all people around the world to reject extremism and embrace diversity and tolerance”
Co-founded by Mr. Barenboim and the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said in 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra unites young musicians from Israel, Palestine and several Arab countries to promote inter-cultural dialogue through music.
More info here: http://ow.ly/YT7FO UN Photos/Jean-Marc Ferré