Nations Day Concert
24 October 2002
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan
President of the 57th session of the United Nations General Assembly
As we celebrate
the 57th anniversary of the United Nations, we may rejoice on
this day and pay tribute to the founders and their foresight in
establishing an organization that was mandated to ensure a just
and peaceful world, an organization that would reflect the universal
moral conscience, an organization which is the most inclusive
of all world forums where nations could settle their differences
and disputes peacefully. The relevance of the United Nations is
confirmed more than ever in these times when there are so many
global problems challenging our world. On this day, we can take
pride and satisfaction that every country, and therefore every
citizen, is a stakeholder in this enterprise.
Let us celebrate
this day and I welcome the distinguished audience to enjoy the
United Nations Day Concert, and thank the sponsors of the Korean
Broadcasting System for bringing their Traditional Music Orchestra
to the United Nations to celebrate this happy event. Music is
transcendental and evokes our aspirations and desire for peace
and harmony. The United Nations Day Concert is an occasion to
reconfirm and celebrate the rich diversity of all peoples, respecting
and preserving their precious individual cultural identities.
the renditions in this evening's programme will convey a peaceful
world, drawing on sounds of nature in a spirit of joy and hope
for the fulfillment of national aspirations. This evening's performance
will enrich our lives as we listen to and visualize the life and
spirit of the Korean people through their 5000 years of performing
Shakespeare's words "if music be the food of love, play on,"
I have the honour to invite the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra
to take us into their world of song and music.