UN Offices in ROK jointly celebrate the UN Day with the UN Orchestra’s peace concert
In commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the United Nations, the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Korea’s membership with the UN and the 70th anniversary of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), the UN Orchestra – comprised of 70 staff of Geneva-based UN and international organizations – was invited to perform in the “Music for Peace” Concert on 24 October at Kyung Hee University Peace Concert Hall in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
As the first concert ever performed by the UN Orchestra in Asia, this year’s event delivered the message of peace and unity to over 3,000 audiences by playing “Ode to Peace” by Pablo Casals, “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor” by Sergei Rachmaninoff with pianist Im Mi-jung, “Symphony No. 5” by Tchaikovsky, followed by Korea’s famous symbolic folk song called “Arirang”, arranged by North Korean composer Choi Sung-hwan.
Moreover, the UN Association of the Republic of Korea invited the representatives of UN Offices in the Republic of Korea to come together to celebrate this remarkable day and reaffirm a strong relationship which continues to exist between the UN and the Republic of Korea. Mr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, took this opportunity to read the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the UN Day following the welcoming remarks by Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se of the Republic of Korea.
In addition, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, UNHCR, WFP and WFUNA were among the participating organizations in the UN and International Organization Exhibition alongside the Concert to raise the awareness of the roles and activities of the UN. It served as a significant platform for the UN and International Organizations in the Republic of Korea to further develop their amicable and collaborative relationship.