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Welcoming remarks by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka

Daniel Pearl Music Days, 10 October 2007

Distinguished Guests and Colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am Kiyo Akasaka, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations.  I am pleased to be here tonight to celebrate Daniel Pearl Music Days and also I would like to congratulate The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on its 10th Anniversary.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme is honoured to stand in solidarity with the Daniel Pearl Foundation and Museum of Jewish Heritage to celebrate the continuing triumph of tolerance, diversity and our collective humanity through the universal language of music.

The United Nations Holocaust Programme is now in its second year of successfully working in partnership with organizations such as this one, to remind the world of the Holocaust and its stark warnings of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.

Through a diverse range of mediums that encompasses films, seminars, outreach to students and educators, the United Nations Holocaust programme involves civil society partners to galvanize international action to ensure that the lessons of our collective past will effectively serve as the foundation for a better, brighter future.  I am also pleased to tell you that soon we will mount a permanent exhibit at United Nations Headquarters on the Holocaust to serve as a reminder that the world must remain vigilant and work to stop human rights abuses around the globe

Together, let us take inspiration in the bold and innovative music of Idan Raichel, symbolizing multi-ethnic harmony.  It embodies the power and hope of the values of tolerance and understanding that this evening and the legacy of Daniel Pearl carries forward.

Let us feel empowered by the hope that through education, dialogue and music - humanity can overcome hate, bigotry and violence which provide solace to no one.