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United Nations Day at Expo 2005 Aichi

28-06-2005 - Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, representing the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter on Monday, 27 June, United Nations Day at Expo 2005 Aichi (Japan).

unday_300.jpg During the official opening ceremony attended by about 3,000 participants including high-level representatives from the Government of Japan, the United Nations family in Japan, National Pavilions, the private sector and civil society, as well as about 2,000 school children from 10 schools in the Aichi Prefecture area, the Director-General read a message on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter:

“Sixty years ago, (…) the representatives of 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter.(…) They pledged to establish conditions under which justice and respect for law could be maintained. They promised to promote social progress and better standards of life, in larger freedom.”

“Today, in a new century, we face new threats and challenges, but also new opportunities. Those “better standards of life in larger freedom” are now within our reach. (…) Never in the history of the United Nations have bold decisions been more necessary. And never have they been more possible,” concluded the message.

For his part, Mr Matsuura said that “UNESCO was honoured and proud to coordinate the participation of over 35 UN sister agencies, Funds and Programmes at Expo 2005 Aichi. The UN Pavilion truly celebrates the diversity of work of the United Nations and its Member States.”

Thanking the Government of Japan and the Japanese people, the Director-General recalled “the important role that Japan has played for almost fifty years” within the UN system and stated that the United Nations looks “forward to your continued support, cooperation and active participation in efforts to bring about a better world for all.”

Taizo Watanabe, Commissioner General of Expo 2005 Aichi, and Shoichiro Toyoda, Chairman of the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition, both commended the outstanding work of the United Nations since its founding and expressed the gratitude of the Expo Association for the presence of the United Nations at Expo 2005 Aichi.

Following the opening ceremony, Mr Matsuura presented both the President of NHK, Genichi Hashimoto, and the President of TBS, Hiroshi Inoue, with the UNESCO Hideki Yukawa Medal. In addition, he presented DVDs on World Heritage to the representatives of the 10 schools participating in the United Nations Quiz from the Aichi Prefecture Area. The gift presentation was followed by six true or false questions designed to enhance the interest of younger generations in the work of the United Nations.

United Nations Day also featured cultural presentations of a selection of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Performances of the Azerbaijani Mugham, the Pansori Epic Chant of the Republic of Korea, the Georgian polyphonic singing and dance and the Japanese Ningyo Johruri Bunraku Puppet Theatre were presented at Expo Dome throughout the day.

During his visit to the Expo, Mr Matsuura visited the Common Africa Pavilion, the Caucasus Pavilion (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia), the Republic of Korea Pavilion, the Japan Pavilion and several others.

Mr Matsuura also hosted, on behalf of the United Nations, a reception to express his appreciation to those who participated in the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the United Nations Charter and who contributed to making the United Nations Pavilion a success.


Aichi Expo - United Nations Pavilion

Source Flash Info n°117-2005





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