Midori plays and speaks at the United Nations
Midori joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and four other United Nations Messengers of Peace – Leonardo DiCaprio, Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas and Primatologist Jane Goodall – for the Peace Bell Ceremony on September 16th in anticipation of the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21st. The Secretary-General rang the Peace Bell outside the UN. Also present were several Nobel Peace Prize winners and other dignitaries.
L to R: Michael Douglas, Midori, Jane Goodall, Mr Ban’s wife, Yoo Soon-taek, Stevie Wonder, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Later, hundreds of students from different countries attended a student observance of the International Day of Peace held in the General Assembly Hall and addressed by the Secretary-General, who encouraged the students to become champions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, “our tools to fight poverty and hunger, inequality and the competition for resources that leads to tension and conflict.”
Master of Ceremonies Michael Douglas introduced each of the U.N. Messengers of Peace in turn. Dr Jane Goodall spoke about the need to preserve the natural world; Stevie Wonder spoke about overcoming his disability to reach millions of people with his music and Leonardo DiCaprio spoke about the urgency of dealing with climate change.
Midori performed the Prelude from Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E Major BWV 1006 and spoke about the importance of giving children the experience of art.