BUNCHE GREAT CHAMPION OF PEACE, ONE OF FINEST EVER TO
SERVE UN, SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL AT CENTENARY EXHIBITION OPENING
Kofi Annan officially opened an exhibit on the life and United Nations
career of Ralph Johnson Bunche on Friday, 24 October 2003 -- United
Nations Day -- in the Visitors Lobby of the General Assembly Building.
his remarks] [View
was a brilliant scholar and eminent professor who became an internationalist.
For his meticulous, unflagging and ultimately successful efforts to
resolve the first Arab-Israeli conflict in 1949, Norways Nobel
Institute awarded him the Nobel Prize for Peace on 10 December 1950,
making him the first black recipient of that distinguished recognition.
his quarter-century of devoted service to the United Nations, Ralph
Bunche championed the concept of equal rights for everyone, regardless
of race or creed. Through the United Nations Trusteeship Council, he
readied the international stage for an unprecedented period of transformation,
dismantling the old colonial systems in Africa and Asia, and guiding
scores of emerging nations through the transition to independence in
the post-war era.
a prominent role in drafting the United Nations Charter, the foundation
on which all principles of the Organization are based. He was determined
to fight for what he passionately believed to be humankinds birthright
-- the right to be treated as an equal by all other men.
He was also a staunch advocate of human rights, and believed that the
struggle for civil rights in America was inextricably linked to the
wider cause of justice and freedom for people of all races throughout
produced by the United Nations Department of Public Information in collaboration
with the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City
University of New York Graduate Center, will be on view until 22 November.
information, please contact Jan Arnesen at tel.: (212) 963-8531,
or Helen Shaskan at tel.: (212) 963-0041.
series to mark the birth centenary of Ralph Bunche
of Public Information, in association with the Ralph Bunche Institute
for International Studies of the City University of New York Graduate
Center, is holding a series
of lectures to mark the birth centenary of Ralph Bunche.
Bunche and the Integrity of the International Civil Service",
will be held on 5 February 2004
in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium from 1 to 3 p.m.
James O.C. Jonah, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General
for Political Affairs and Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute
for International Studies, will be the keynote speaker. Catherine
Bertini, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Management,
and George Saddler, Chair of the New York Ralph Bunche Centenary
Commemoration Committee and President of the Federation of Associations
of Former International Civil Servants (FAFICS), will be the discussants.
Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and
Public Information, will introduce the programme, to be moderated
by Sir Brian Urquhart, former Under-Secretary-General for Special
Political Affairs. Members of Permanent Missions, Secretariat
staff, representatives of inter-governmental and non-governmental
organizations, and the media are invited to attend and to join
in the discussion
following the presentations. [Archived
Ralph Bunche to Lakhdar Brahimi: The Future of Peacekeeping
and Mediation", was held on 20
November 2003 in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library
Auditorium. Mr. David Malone, President of International Peace
Academy, will be the keynote speaker and H.E. Mr. Kishore Mahbubani,
Permanent Representative of Singapore, and Dame Margaret Anstee,
former Under-Secretary-General, who served as Special Representative
of the Secretary-General for Angola and Chief, United Nations
Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM III), will be the discussants.
Sir Brian Urquhart, former Under Secretary-General, moderated
the event, which has been introduced by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General
for Communications and Public Information. [Archived
Vidéo - 1 hour 48 minutes]
Gallery on Ralph Bunche