24th October is #UnitedNationsDay!
It marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the @UN Charter entered into force. #UNDay, celebrated every year, offers the opportunity to amplify our common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the #UNCharter. pic.twitter.com/zB2011zIlt
— UN Bonn (@UNBonn) October 21, 2021
“Music reflects the profound diversity and unique contributions of cultures around the world”, said UN chief António Guterres, inside the concert venue – the gilded General Assembly Hall. “At the same time, it is universal. A language that bridges all divides”.
Symbolic call to action
As the world begins gradually to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 concert represents a call to strengthen international cooperation in the interest of both nations and peoples, for a more peaceful and prosperous future for all.
“The last 20 months have been an extraordinarily difficult and even isolating moment for the human family”, said the Secretary-General.
“Tonight, let us watch as one, listen as one, and be inspired as one. And let us commit, once again, to the UN Charter and the values that have brought it to life for the last 76 years – peace, dignity and prosperity for all”.
This year’s concert followed a hybrid format with live and pre-recorded performances and a small audience who followed physical distancing protocols.
From classical artists to K-pop stars, the evening’s line up included renowned violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun along with soprano Youngok Shin with in-person performances as pre-recorded videos were screened featuring acclaimed soprano Youngmi Kim, the Goyang Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Yungwook Yoo and the all-female K-pop band, aespa.
Carrying hope forward
In his message marking the day, the Secretary-General pointed out that 76 years ago, the UN was created as “a vehicle of hope for a world emerging from the shadow of catastrophic conflict”.
“Today”, he added, “the women and men of the UN carry this hope forward around the globe”.