“Give Peace Another Chance”: A United Nations Academic Impact symposium
The theme of the symposium is "Give Peace Another Chance" and the audience at United Nations Headquarters was video-linked to Seoul, where Kyung Hee University students joined.
This year's observance of the International Day of Peace is significant since it is the thirtieth anniversary of its inception. It was Kyung Hee University's then President, Dr. Young Seek Choue, who proposed the idea at a conference of the International Association of University Presidents held in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1981. The proposal was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly on 30 November 1981 in resolution 36/67, which declared that the Day " shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples” and invited “all Member States, organs and organizations of the United Nations system, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, peoples and individuals to commemorate in an appropriate manner the International Day of Peace, especially through all means of education, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the observance of that day.”
The programme included a round table discussion where Beth Nielsen Chapman spoke, and also sang. At the conclusion of the evening (around 9:45 p.m.), she leaded a rendition of "Imagine" in which the audiences in New York and Seoul were able to join. Secretary-General ban Ki-moon as well as distinguished panellists participated.
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