Part 3-03 Highlight UN Anniversaries

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Since the earliest days of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the UN, the group has organized and/or participated in special events and celebrations to highlight and honour progressive qualities and aspiration, for a “Oneness World”.

These occasions could be based on a theme such as: “World Gratitude” or “International Thanksgiving”; in recognition of local observance  for UN Community such as “National Day of Prayer”; and anniversaries of historical moments for the world Community.

The programmes: helped create  a feeling of solidarity across the various offices of the UN Organizations; provided a short pause in the important ongoing work of staff and delegates; a chance for individuals to give expression to their feelings through music, poetry art or recitations; and often lead to a re-commitment to the highest ideas that had originally inspired  people to serve.


(redo this part maybe just be fore the main photos and text  The annual days, Years and Decades the the UN were  proclaimed and nations Anniversaries were prime candidates, r and or reading to a shared snes of members of the UN

UN Day Oct 24, UN Charter day Jun 26th, Opening of UN General Assembly, Day of Peace Sept, Mother Language Day, Yoga Day, Non-Violence, etc

For information about official UN Observances see:

In the early years the members of the meditation group would often suggest theme or event to be celebrated, like the opening of the 30 Anniversary of the UN General Assembly in September of 1975. Over time more Country Delegations and other UN organizations were involved or co-sponsored. In later years members have joined other UN related organiztions events for the UN community. The Sri Chinmoy Meditation at UN choir and musicians have often perform inspiration songs related to Peace and themes like Human Rights at more formal UN events celebrating Interfaith Harmony Week , International Mother Language day, and Culture of Peace etc.  

Below are photos and short excerpts to provide a flavor of  a few events.  You can also find some overlap of anniversary events with more detail in other sections of this booklet, for example:

Part 3-07 Music, Song, Concert Programmes

Part 3-09 Interfaith Harmony & Shared Values

Part 3-11 Peace Walks and Runs for UN 

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01 Jan 1942; Declaration by United Nations  –   Washington DC, USA

First official use of the term “United Nations”


On 1 January 1942, representatives of 26 Allied nations met in Washington, D.C. to pledge their support for the Atlantic Charter by signing the “Declaration by United Nations”.

This document contained the first official use of the term “United Nations”, which was suggested by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (seated, second from left). UN Photo # 31319

Special Annual UN Days

UN Charter Day (26 June)



26 June 1945 UN Charter Singing

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25 April – 26 June 1945: The San Francisco Conference,  results in signing of UN Charter by representatives from 49 countries.

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Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (October 3, 1877 – July 7, 1965) Signer of UN Charter, Dean of Barnard College,  sole female USA delegate to  1945 San Francisco Conference, which negotiated the UN Charter to create the UN.

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26 June 1984

“ I would urge that we avail ourselves of every opportunity of this kind, both as individuals and as representatives of our respective countries’ to re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals which we are striving to realize in our devotion to the principles and purposes of the United Nations.

“Peace is not a passive state; it is not merely the absence of conflict. It is the effective expression by all nations of a determination to create and continuously support a world of progress and development, governed by justice and understanding’

“We see the United Nations through Sri Chinmoy eyes, as a ·church of mankind, dedicated to worshiping the aspirations of men, women and children of all races, nationalities and political and religious beliefs for a better life … “

-26 Jun 1984, Jorge Illueca, President of the UN General Assembly

Jun 2015: Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson:


At an event marking the 70th anniversary,  Deputy Secretary-general Jan Eliasson said the UN Charter “symbolises the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is –  a little closer to the world as it should be. This we can do through cooperation, dialogue, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect of human rights.”

“Yes, the UN Charter is truly a gift. It reminds us – as the present stewards of the United Nations – of our responsibilities to live up to the Purposes and Principles of the Charter. It connects us to our strongest roots and our best aspirations as we reach out to an uncertain, yet hopeful, future – if we travel the right road”. Mr. Eliasson, a national of Sweden,  also previously served as President of the UN General Assembly.

Sri Chinmoy:



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“The supreme role of each individual nation is to maintain a genuine faith in the United Nations and implicitly abide by the United Nations Charter.  (MUN 25) 9 May 1979.

“The American Declaration of Independence had the pioneer vision of faith, dignity and humanity’s basic needs: equal rights, justice and freedom. Basically, the same things are found in the Charter of the United Nations. … both are walking together to reach the self-same goal, the goal of world peace and satisfaction.  (bf-39)  Bicentennial Flames at the UN

“As the Declaration of Independence of the United States is an unparalleled discovery, even so is the Charter of the United Nations. The U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.N. Charter are humanity’s two aspiration-dedication-realities.



The beacon-light of the Declaration of Independence shows countless human souls the way to their destined goal: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

“The United Nations Charter bravely and heroically proclaims these rights for all of humanity and seeks ‘to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.'”



See More about Charter Day Peace walks and runs at: Part 3-11 Highlights Peace Walks for UN – 1983 to 2001 Draft


September events:

Opening of the UN General Assembly (second week of September) On A number of occasions The Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations had special observances to mark the opening of the General Assembly. Some examples and links to more details are below:

1975 Theme:  “The Quintessence of Divinity in Humanity: International Cooperation for Peace.”

Summary: Inspired speakers from the UN community joined interfaith representatives around this theme for a conference celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the General Assembly in 1975. Even the Secretary-General sent a special message and the song “O United Nations” which Sri Chinmoy had recently wrote in dedication to the United Nations was performed.

Link to detail: Commemoration Opening 30th Session UN General Assembly 12 Sep 1975 – Interfaith

On Friday, September 12, 1975, inspired by the observance of a “Minute of Silent Prayer or Meditation” at the opening of each United Nations General Assembly; to commemorate the opening of the thirtieth session of the General Assembly; and in a spirit of re-dedication to the lofty aims and ideals of the United Nations.A programme, was held in Conference Room 3 , attended by delegates, Secretariat staff members and NGO representatives.


Participating guest-speakers offered their prayerful contributions; Quotes to be considered to highlight



NORMA LEVITT, Co-Chairperson, World Union for Progressive Judaism.


“In these days of contemplation, … We yearn for sustained hope, unyielding faith and spiritual regeneration, as we look not only inward at ourselves, but also outward at the world in which we live. We pray that all nations and all peoples shall strive together, shall sacrifice if necessary, for a world community of justice, development, harmony and peace … . “

followed by REVEREND JIH TSANG, Assistant Abbot, Temple of Enlightenment; MUDDASSIR ALI SHAMSEE, Leader, Muslim Prayer Group, at the UN; REVEREND DR. DAN POTTER, Executive Director, Council of Churches, City of New York

On the topic “The Quintessence of Divinity in Humanity: International Cooperation for Peace.

MR. DAVID S. BURGESS, Senior Officer, United Nations International Children’s Fund “.We need … to consider limits to the high standards of living so that others. may have … a decent future.  The greatness of the United Nations is …in human and failing ways, attempting to deal with the ultimate questions of survival. .. there is hope no matter from which nation we come, but only if we come to realise our interdependence, our mutual closeness .. .. “

followed by MR. DONALD KEYS, United Nations Representative of the World Association of World Federalists

Other presentations included: Statement by Secretary-General For commemorative programme; Singing the song “O United Nations” which Sri Chinmoy recently wrote in dedication to the United Nations; and Choral reading based on excerpts from the writings of past Secretaries-General of the United Nations (more)

Meditation Group at UN singing “O United Nations”

Words to Song O United Nations:

O United Nations, O UN, You are the world-body Crying for the world-soul. And you are the earth-life Longing for oneness-goal.

In the heart of your glowing dream, Big brothers and brothers small Shall smile, sing and dance O Vision-Perfection in all.

1976 Theme:

“Inner Flames at the United Nations” Mark Open 31st GA ; 20 Sept

In order to bring into sharper focus the living reality of the UN in conjunction with the 51st anniversary of the UN and the opening of the 31st General Assembly the following day, the Peace Meditation Group at the UN held  on September 20 in Conference Room 3 an all-day meeting, Entitled “Inner Flames at the United Nations,” explored the role of meditation and spirituality in U.N. affairs.

The morning session was devoted to an inner search through meditation for the present day needs and responsibilities of the UN.  Sri Chinmoy,  opened the morning session, which consisted of silent meditation, performances of classical music and seven songs about the United Nations which were composed by Sri Chinmoy. The session closed with his talk .



“Our capacity is very limited, but our willingness, our eagerness to be of service to each member, to each ideal of the United Nations, is sincere. And this sincerity will one day be proved and marked. Here at the United Nations, all are inner flames. No matter what an individual’s post is, whether he holds the highest post or the lowest, he is undoubtedly an inner flame, for his is the cry which is genuine. Each individual server of the United Nations, irrespective of his nationality or religious and cultural background, is undoubtedly an inner flame. And each flame serves the community of nations according to its capacity and according to its receptivity. Each individual who has come to serve the United Nations represents his own country, his small world. But when he becomes part and parcel of the United Nations, the big world, at that time he is for all, for the entire humanity. He started his journey with his own country and then he arrived at the goal of goals: universal oneness. – Sri Chinmoy , The Seeker’s Mind, 1978 (/sm-4)

One of the songs performed about the UN “O Body of the World” was immediately popular for its simple lyrics and dynamic presentation. It was later sung  by the meditation group choir at many UN related events.


Excerpts condensed from some afternoon programme speakers:


Barbara De Long of HABITAT; “the consideration of the crisis that the world is now facing in human settlements naturally encompasses both the physical and spiritual needs of the world’s people. For these two aspects of human existence can never be separated. Without a secure and livable environment, we will never be free to enter into the search for a deeper, spiritual knowledge of our lives; and, at the same time, by our aspiration, prayers and meditation, we actually create the forces of peace, beauty, harmony and love for one another which alone can permanently correct the harsh and often unpleasant realities that we face in our present environment.”

Joseph Eger, Leader of the Symphony (for the UN);  … “Maybe the pursuit of truth and the fight against untruth are part of the same oneness. And perhaps,  in pursuing truth we can find a deeper oneness and all these things that we talk about as being evil… can be drawn toward truth. ”

Donald Keys of the World Federalists; “…accomplishments, in the end, rest on the fortitude and aspiration of those who work ceaselessly and courageously for them. We find  members of the Secretariat,  delegations and non-governmental organizations, individuals who see themselves as among the trustees of mankind and making every effort toward realising that trust.”

Louis Longarzo of Caritas Internationalis: “Spiritual values and approaches are enduring and formidable forces in shaping character, institutions and events. Multitudinous documents and millions of words flow  through the United Nations system annually. But the credibility, the solidity, and the vitality of the U. N. system hinges on the men and women of integrity in the Secretariat, delegations, NGOs and national political leaders . They are the salt, light and cement of the UN system.


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The Charter of the United Nations recognizes integrity in Article 101, section 3: “Paramount consideration in the employment of staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity.” Integrity implies wholeness, unity, honesty, purity, humility, trustworthiness, truthfulness. It must be earned through … steady commitment and daily application of the highest moral, intellectual and spiritual values in our lives.

…if we want to truly strengthen our respective countries and the United Nations system, let all of us individually and collectively pursue in everything we say and do, integrity. Shakespeare aptly summed it up. And I  quote, “To thine own self be true. Then it must follow , as the day the night, you cannot be false to any man.



William Simmons, Chairman, Mystic’s Roundtable discussion Group at the UN; “We identify ourselves with the motto for this day’s conference: “Inner Flames.” We are all inner flames. …humanity taken collectively is simply one body. We are the cells of humanity. We are therefore the inner flames…And as we develop ourselves, as we allow that light, which is within us, to shine forth, so do we enlighten and illuminate the body of humanity. (this) is not new ; it is old. But the world has forgotten the ancient teachings.  I sincerely hope that  hearts and minds of the distinguished delegates will be touched …that the future of the world itself will be spiritually illumined.

Statements were  received from the US Mission to the UN and the Permanent Observer of the Holy Sea.

W. Tapley Bennett, Jr . Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN: ” The United Nations continues to represent a unique opportunity in the hearts and minds of mankind throughout the world for cooperation and the advancement of universa11y held goals. It must have the whole-hearted support of individua1s and their spiritual dedication. As an avenue for expression of this dedication, the Meditation Group is to be commended for keeping the need for support of the United Nations high in public consciousness.”

The Office of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, expressed their joining in spirit with the Meditation Group Conference and sent a section of Pope Paul’s Message from this year’s Day of Prayer for Peace.

“It is necessary before all else to provide peace with …. moral weapons, those which give strength and prestige to international law . . . . moral principIes which are only at the beginning of their penetration into the profound and operative consciousness of Peoples . …”Let us remember … the extent of the mercy we ask for when we say : ‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us’ . … This is a lesson to be meditated on still more and to be applied with confident courage. Peace expresses itself only in peace, a peace which is not separate from the demands of justice but which is fostered by personal sacrifice, clemency, mercy and love.”

1977 Theme

“United Nation: The Heart-Home of the World-Body”*




On 19 September 1977, to mark the opening of this year’s General Assembly, United Nations delegates, staff and NGO representatives met in Conference Room 1 to reflect on the theme “United Nations: the Heart-Home of the World-Body.” Speakers explored the continually expanding role the United Nations plays at the heart of the global community.

In the tradition of the silent meditation which opens each session of the General Assembly, the Conference opened and closed with a short meditation led by Sri Chinmoy. The programme also included music and short recordings of all the Secretaries-General.

Speakers included :Mr. Robert Chittenden, Chairman of the Staff Committee;Mr. Ervin Laszlo, Special Fellow, UNITAR and Director of the Report of th e Club of Rome, “The Goals for Mankind” ;Mr. Ghandikota V. Subba Rao, Senior Officer, Department of Economic and Social Affairs ; andMr. William Angel, Associate Officer, U.N. Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs.

    • Mr. William Angel : “I do believe that the U.N. is the heart-home of the world body. Some people think it is a rather sacrilegious heart. I think it is a very sacred heart. but I think the heartbeat is far from adequate . . ..Besides being an incipient brain and nervous system for the world-body, I believe the United Nations embodies the heart of this emerging universal religion of which the historical, sacred and contemporary secular faces are but branches. And I believe that the U.N. presently is working out this larger synthesis.”

*Note: 0n Progrmme title: At an event 03 May 1977, in support of UN efforts for peace and the upcoming 1977 World Environment Day, a painting by Sri Chinmoy was unveiled. It was titled: “United Nations: The Heart-Home of the World Body”. It then toured other cities to draw attention to UN efforts. The title phrase also became the theme of this event marking the opening of the UN General Assembly the following September. The striking poetic interpretation “The Heart-Home of the World-Body” became synonymous with support for the UN over the years.

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3 May 1977, Ms. Martha Lackner. World Environment Day Coordinator unveils Sri Chinmoy’s painting dedicated to the U.N. efforts toward World Peace entitled: “The United Nation: The Heart-Home of the World-Body”.

See also interfaith events related to open of UN GA —Part 3-09C CHECK Interfaith Service for Work of UN and General Assembly 1997 – 2006 (31.3)


1995 Sep 19th, Concert for 50th UN General Assembly

with N,Y. Philharmonic members – “World-Harmony Pilgrim-Dream”.

Sri Chinmoy meditated and performed Sept. 19 at the start of a chamber music concert by members of the New York Philharmonic at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium.

The concert, which was around the time of  the opening the UN General Assembly, drew more than 200 diplomats. U.N. personnel and members of New York’s musical elite.


Sri Chinmoy gave the opening dedication at the classical music celebration in honour of the 50th Session of the UN General Assembly, hosted by H.E. Ambassador Istvan Nathon, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, with performances by members of the New York Philharmonic and others – 19 September

World Gratitude Day – 21 Sept

Beginning in 1977, World Gratitude Day was also celebrated by the Members and friends of the Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations. A special song “World Gratitude Day” was composed by Sri Chinmoy and performed by the Meditation Group Choir. They also participated on a number of occasions at the World Gratitude Day headquarters in NY at the special request of the day’s founder, Mrs. Edna Fuerth Lemle. She explained the origin of the Day on many occasions.

Following quote is from 1977 when Mrs. Lemle presented an award to Sri Chinmoy:

Each year the Board of Directors of World Gratitude Day presents an award to someone who we feel has done something outstanding in the spirit of Globalism. In the past we have honoured such distinguished individuals as Angie Brooks Randolph, first woman president of the United Nations General Assembly, Maurice Strong of Canada and the Nobel Prize Laureate, Rene Cassin. In addition we have honoured UNICEF and Japan, which, incidentally, was the first country to declare World Gratitude Day a national day of thanksgiving.

And so, I present this year’s World Gratitude Day Award (1977):

WORLD GRATITUDE DAY is pleased to honour  Sri Chinmoy who has enhanced the spirit of globalism with his compassion, his creativity and his great nobility; whose being and achievements reflect the spirit of our Proclamation:

  • WHEREAS, humanity has come to recognise devotion and allegiance to immediate family, to clan, to city, to state, and to nation, and now must experience the concept of Globalism; and
  • WHEREAS, words of praise and positive thoughts generate dynamic harmony, and
  • WHEREAS, decisions made from a grateful heart are endowed with intrinsic wisdom and engender prosperity; and
  • WHEREAS, gratitude, the opposite of “taking for granted,” is a positive emotion which generates good will, is a basic emotion which is indigenous to all people, is a peace-engendering feeling;
  • AND WHEREAS, September 21 is a special day. It is an equinox: one of the two times of the year when the sun passes over the equator and night and day are everywhere of equal length and everyone is equal under the sun;

THEREFORE let us proclaim World Gratitude Day, a holiday for all peoples, a day of meditation for all religions, a day of celebration for all humanity, united by knowledge of simultaneously shared emotion, a day when triumph of the spirit can make a world community.


 The New Yorker Magazine of 8 October 1984 noted:

“World Gratitude Day, recognized by proclamation in thirty-eight States and two countries, falls each year at the time of the autumnal equinox and serves as a sort of secular, global Thanksgiving. In fact Mrs. Lemle got the idea at a reception she attended at the United Nations in 1963 a few days before Thanksgiving. She asked the Ambassador from Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, if his countrymen would join in Thanksgiving, and he said he did not think his people would adopt an American holiday.

“Mrs. Lemle proposed the new Celebration, with a different date but the same feeling. ‘Straight away, I told Eleanor Roosevelt about it and asked her to start it,’ Mrs. Lemle said. “Eleanor said, ‘Edna, you start it.’ I said, ‘I don’t know how to start a holiday.’ “But start it she did, and it has survived, and that is something. Mrs. Lemle seems to belong to a slightly old-fashioned breed that has managed somehow to steer clear of cynicism– that citrus canker of human affairs.

“’When you’re bothered, just stop and think of something to be grateful for- what it is doesn’t matter so much as the emotion,” she says and she is correct.

“Who comes to World Gratitude Day? Some followers of Sri Chinmoy, who is a religious leader, and some friends of Edna Lemle, and Richard Roffman, who has been a radio figure for 50 years and now works in TV… “I am grateful for the life I have lived” he told us…”


Sri Chinmoy: I am accepting this with my heart’s boundless gratitude, and this gratitude is something that is glowing and growing within me. Every day I offer to the Beloved Supreme only one thing: gratitude. Man’s greatest gift to God is gratitude. Man’s self-giving and his gratitude are one and the same.

I am extremely grateful to you, Mrs. Lemle, for you are opening a new chapter in humanity’s evolution. The world is in the process of evolution. You know the utmost significance of gratitude, and the awakened soul in you is awakening others. Gratitude is man’s conscious oneness with his Beloved Supreme. I am sure that your soul has felt this supreme oneness with the Beloved Supreme and your soul has come to the fore to urge your illumined mind to offer this loftiest message to the world at large.

Gratitude in the inner world is nothing but self-expansion. It is through self-expansion that we become aware of our true reality, which is Infinity itself. Your contribution to the world at large, to the inner world especially, is momentous. As a seeker, I know that there is nothing on earth as valuable and significant as gratitude. In God’s Eye there is nothing more meaningful and precious than man’s gratitude. Therefore, to you, to the illumining soul in you, I wish to offer my boundless and ever-growing gratitude.

World Gratitude Day New York Headquarters  – 21 September 1977 – appears in, The Seeker’s Mind, published by Agni Press, 1978.

more at:

International Day of Peace  – 21 Sept

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September (An alternate date around 21 Sep in accord with local preferences and custom has sometimes been identified) . The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.


The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly. It was first celebrated to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly Session each year (third Tuesday of September). Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to move the Day to 21 September  as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Peace Bell

A Peace Bell  is rung during a ceremony  at UN Headquarter in NY  (some times a few days in advance of September 21) to announce that year’s International Day of Peace. The actual date for the Bell ringing event is adjusted based on UN activities planed for that time frame. The Peace Bell was donated by the UN Association of Japan in June, 1954,



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Effective 2003 the Day moved to 21 September, Which had previously been celebrated to coincide with the Opening for the General Assembly on the Third Tuesday of September.

A/RES/55/28223  International Day of Peace The General Assembly,Recalling its resolution 36/67 of 30 November 1981, by which it declared that the third Tuesday of September, the opening day of the regular sessions of the General Assembly, shall be officially proclaimed and observed as International Day of Peace and shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples, … achieving the broadest possible awareness and observance of the International Day of Peace among the global community, Desiring to draw attention to the objectives of the International Day of Peace,and therefore to fix a date for its observance each year that is separate from the opening day of the regular sessions of the General Assembly,1.Decides that, with effect from the fifty-seventh session of the General Assembly,(2003)  the International Day of Peace shall be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace;2.Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day; .Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system,regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.111th plenary meeting7 September 2001

as of 2019 the Seven Minutes for Peace which had since 1984 been celebrated on UN Day 24 October was celebrated in various countries on 21 Sept (for the first time) .  (to confirm in between years up yo 1991..+?) link to Seven Minutes of Silence for peace which also went on in a number of Secretariat offices one a week.


UN Day Celebrated

On 24 October 1978 the Peace Meditation at the United Nations observed United Nations Day with a programme in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium. Sri Chinmoy made the following remarks on that occasion.

“Today is U.N. Day. What does U.N. Day signify?

It signifies a day of universal hope, a day of universal promise, a day of universal peace and a day of universal oneness.

Hope brightens humanity’s present deplorable fate. Promise encourages humanity’s speed, which embodies success and progress. Peace enlightens humanity’s age-old ignorance. And satisfaction, which is founded upon oneness, the oneness-family that we would like to live in, will one day dawn in our aspiring heart and our dedicated life.

To us, the United Nations is not a mere building, it is not a mere concept, it is not wishful thinking or even a dream.

It is a reality which is growing, glowing and manifesting its radiance here, there, all-where, throughout the length and breadth of the world.

All those who are sincerely crying for a oneness-family, according to their receptivity, are receiving light from the soul of the United Nations.

– comments by Sri Chinmoy, On 24 October 1978, Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium UN, NY, appears in : The Inner Role Of The United Nations, Agni Press, 1993.
– for excerpts of the programme for the day see: United Nations Day Observed -1978
which was included as part of the report to the Secretary-General 1978

Sample of actual events:




UN Day (24 October)




1983? UN DAY UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 28) – Celebrating the 38th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

A lunchtime crowd of 1000 people which gathered at the Visitor’s Plaza of the United Nations heard Dr. Illueca say, “… let us rejoice together in our efforts to achieve a world of oneness, peace and understanding.

At the UN Day ceremony sponsored by the Meditation Group on 28 October, Dr. Jorge Illueca, President of the General Assembly, delivered the following address, i“It is a great joy and honour for me to participate today in this celebration of the thirty-eighth birthday of the United Nations.

“It is a festive occasion, and at the same time it is an opportunity to renew our commitment to the goals with which we began our journey. Thirty-eight years ago, with the signing of the Charter of the United Nations in San Francisco, an historical journey was begun: the journey toward a united world.

“Some will say that the United Nations has not kept its promise; our world is still full of division and discord, far from its destination. It is true that the journey ahead of us is long and arduous, but that is no excuse for pessimism. On the contrary, this is the time for us to summon greater dynamism, great tenacity, so that we can together bring the promise of the future into the reality of today.

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“I am keenly aware that I have assumed the Presidency of the General Assembly at a critical time in the evolution of the United Nations. Once again I affirm, as I stated “in accepting this challenging task, ‘Our organisation must be maintained. It must grow. it must persist, with the enlightened assistance of Member States. I am firmly convinced and fervently hope that, if we all unite, we will succeed in changing our course and advance along a new path, the path of justice, the rule of law, ethics, and the implacable will for change.’

“… the beauty of our world depends on bringing together the full variety and abundance of peoples uniting our capacities and our will for continuous peace and progress. Let us take this auspicious day as our own birthday, just as we take the United Nations to be the embodiment of our aspirations for justice, peace and progress in the world.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Sri Chinmoy and the members of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations for organising this meaningful celebration today, and for reminding us in so many ways, on so many occasions, of the need to pray for peace, to meditate for peace, to work for peace, to make peace a reality in our daily life. “let us rejoice together in our efforts to achieve a world of oneness, peace and understanding.”

The celebration was opened with a brief meditation for peace by Sri Chinmoy, who offered the following soulful message:

Sri Chinmoy

“UN Day is the supreme victory of humanity’s colossal oneness-dream. On UN Day the earth-consciousness consciously and soulfully prays to the universal and transcendental Pilot for Eternity’s Peace, Infinity’s Joy and Immortality’s Perfection.

UN Day has no earthbound mind, no division, no destruction. UN Day has only a Heaven-free heart, a heart of oneness in a fullness home, where the Lord’s Peace, Light and Delight in infinite measure reign supreme.”


1984 UN day 

United Nations Delegates and Mission, Secretariat and Agency staff celebrate the 39th birthday of the United Nations

Peace Meditation Choir Performs songs in honour of the United Nations:

Place Flowers around UN symbol on cake





Sri Chinmoy Leads Silent Meditation


1985 -40th Anniversary of UN



A UN Day Closing Ceremony: One example of the effect these various activities had beyond the meditation group members was expressed by the Special Advisor for the Fortieth Anniversary, on behalf of the Secretary-General  (receiving a copy of the Preamble to the Charter signed by country Delegates and Secretariat staff participants in the Peace Walk) during the closing ceremony: “You have blended the two elements~ the delegations and the Secretariat, by making your recommitment to the Charter. Your peace initiative has won the respect of all. It has been for all of us a source of inspiration.” – Mr. Jean Gazarian


24 Oct 2013 UN Day

Concert for U.N. Day, 2013 Oct 24: Songs by Sri Chinmoy + Words of Secretary-Generals -Part 1Concert for U.N. Day, 2013 Oct 24: Songs by Sri Chinmoy + Words of Secretary-Generals -Part 1

You are cordially invited to a Concert In celebration of United Nations Day Featuring songs composed by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of The Peace Meditation at the United Nations, performed by vocal and instrumental ensembles Thursday, 24 October 2013, 1-2 p.m. … Read more




UN Day observances have traditionally included music. Following are excerpts from Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld’s statement on 24 October 1960 – his last United Nations Day – when the Philadelphia Orchestra performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I quote:

“…This concert is in celebration of United Nations Day and it has been felt that a few words may remind us of the purpose for which we have assembled….

“On his road from conflict and emotion to reconciliation in this final hymn of praise, Beethoven has given us a confession and a credo which we, who work WITHIN and FOR this Organization, may well make our own….

“The road of Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony is also the road followed by the authors of the Preamble of the Charter. It begins with the recognition of the threat under which we all live speaking as it does of the need to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war which has brought untold sorrow to mankind.

“It moves on to a reaffirmation of faith in the dignity and worth of the human person. And it ends with the promise to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors and to unite our strength to maintain peace

“We are indeed still in the first movements. But…we have too much in common, too great a sharing of interests,…ever to weaken in our efforts to surmount the difficulties and not to turn the simple human values, which are our common heritage, into the firm foundation on which we may unite our strength and live together in peace….”

Remarks by U Thant, the third Secretary General of the U.N


U Thant also drew a parallel between music and the United Nations in his remarks on United Nations Day, 24 October 1967, during a concert in the General Assembly Hall by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

“At a time when international relations are marked by discord and disharmony,  it is a pleasant respite to all of us to listen to the kind of music that we are hearing today.

“Such music not only pleases the ear, but also elevates our spirits.  Besides, it also points to an important lesson.
The functioning of a major orchestra requires cooperation on the part of the performers and leadership from its conductor….

In the field of international relations, the performers are the member states. The score is the Charter of the United Nations. If we are to replace the present dissension by harmonious cooperation,we have to be faithful to the score: we have to observe not only the letter, but the spirit of the Charter in our international relations.






see alsoMore about Charter and UN Day Peace walks and runs at: Part 3-11 Highlights Peace Walks for UN – 1983 to 2001 Draft

B.  Anniversaries of UN:

  • – 30th; 40th; 50th
  • – Special UN years, days and inititives
    • 1979 International Year of the Child (IYC)
      • IYC prog Washington, un lobby with bake sale.
      • Gallery in Manhattan hosted by mission of panama,
    • 1986 year of Peace  etc runs and swims
    • First Decade of a culture of peace (quote form Amb Chowdhury at WHR event 2010?
    • Trick or Treat for UNICEF25th  Anniversary 1970’s
      • Executive Director attends

    See also Peace Walks

    • For UN Charter Day (26 June)
    • International Day of Peace around 21 Sep (Previously world Gratitude Day 21 Sep)
    • For Opening of the UN General Assembly (Sept 3rd tues?)
    • for UN Day (24 October)
  • See also other  for Seven Minutes of silence (originall for UN Day October 24th ? near opening of  UN GA)


UN Anniversaries

Opening  Sessions UN General Assembly

Commemoration of the Opening UN General Assembly – List Examples SUMMARY 2014.  IN some this appears as squre box with question mark 

Commemoration of the Opening UN General Assembly – List Examples SUMMARY 2014.

On  A number of occasions The Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations had special observances to mark the opening of the General Assembly. Some examples and links to more details are below: Tribute to 29th UN General Assembly and … Read more

Commemoration Opening 30th Session UN General Assembly 12 Sep 1975 – Interfaith

Commemoration Opening 30th Session UN General Assembly 12 Sep 1975 – Interfaith

Inspired by the observance of a “Minute of Silent Prayer or Meditation” at the opening of each United Nations General Assembly, the Meditation Group at the U.N. co-sponsored a special programme to commemorate the opening of the thirtieth session of … Read more


Meditation Conference “Inner Flames at the United Nations” Mark Open 31st GA ; 20 Sept 1976

Meditation Conference “Inner Flames at the United Nations” Mark Open 31st GA ; 20 Sept 1976

In order to bring into sharper focus the living reality of the U.N. and in conjunction with the 31st anniversary of the UN and the opening of the 31st General Assembly the following day, the Peace Meditation Group at the … Read more

Programme Mark Opening of 32nd Session of General Assembly

Programme Mark Opening of 32nd Session of General Assembly

Excerpts at: Devoted Report to S-G reported in: ” Meditation at UN” – Vo 05, No 09; 27 Sep 1977, Bulletin Content Highlights: On 19 September 1977, to mark the opening of this year’s General Assembly, United Nations delegates, staff … Read more

1995 Concert for 50th UN General Assembly with N,Y. Philharmonic members – “World-Harmony Pilgrim-Dream”.

1995 Concert for 50th UN General Assembly with N,Y. Philharmonic members – “World-Harmony Pilgrim-Dream”.

Sri Chinmoy gave the opening dedication at a classical music celebration in honour of the 50th Session of the UN General Assembly,  hosted by H.E. Ambassador Istvan Nathon, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, with performances by members of … Read more

(see also Part 3-11 Peace Walks and Runs for UN walk and Prayer breastfed of opening of UN GA)

UN Day October 24

Happy United Nations Day – Hand out with Quotes from notable individuals – undated  Happy United Nations Day – Hand out with Quotes from notable individuals – undated

This handout was presented to the UN Community in NY for United Nations Day – October 24th (Year(s) to be determined) With best wishes from your colleagues of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations “There will come … Read more

U.N. DAY RUN FOR UNICEF – 1976 Oct 24 Edinburgh to London   U.N. DAY RUN FOR UNICEF – 1976 Oct 24 Edinburgh to London

Sixteen young men ran a 450-mile relay from Edinburgh to London to raise money for UNICEF and promote the ideals of the United Nations in conjunction with U.N. Day on 24 October. The runners were all students of spiritual Master … Read more


UN Day -1982 – Poster with Quotes from 5 S-Gs

UN Day -1982 – Poster with Quotes from 5 S-Gs

The below poster was developed and circulated by  Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United  Nations in Celebration of UN Day on 24 October 1982. It contains Quotations from 5 Secretary-Generals of the United Nations from  1950 – 1982 … Read more

See also : Part 3-11 Peace Walks and Runs for UN  -Runs For  UN Day

UN Charter Day June 26th

UN Charter Day – Celebrated in London June 26 1989   UN Charter Day – Celebrated in London June 26 1989

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On June 26 Sri Chinmoy  held a non-denominational Peace meditation at London’s Westminster Methodist Central Hall to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter.  

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Members of various  Faith traditions attended the meditation   Some members of the Peace Meditation Group at the UN were able to attend this event as well as Several peace concerts and  ceremonies during Sri Chinmoy’s June visit to France and England.    … Read more

See also : Part 3-11 Peace Walks and Runs for UN -runs for UN Charter day

International Days

  • Universal Children’s Day Celebrated – 1981 Oct 29 – UN, NY

    Universal Children’s Day Celebrated – 1981 Oct 29 – UN, NY

    Universal Children’s Day was marked by the meditation group on 29 October 1981 with a programme featuring: Mr. Nicholas van Oudenhoven, UNICEF Development Education Officer, whose talk was entitled : “‘Inward and Outward: Sharing Some Questions on Development Education.“ The … Read more

    See also Trick or Treat for UNICEF and UNiversal Childrens day combined

  • India -Nepal Publication for Yoga Day, June 2018
  • Meditation Group – UNICEF Bazaar for Year of Child – DETAILS + PHOTOS – IYC ASG Opens 1977 Oct

    Meditation Group – UNICEF Bazaar for Year of Child – DETAILS + PHOTOS – IYC ASG Opens 1977 Oct

    UNICEF BAZAAR FOR THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD On 31 October 1977 the United Nations Meditation Group held a Bazaar at U. N. New York Headquarters in honour of the international Year of the Child. Peace Meditation Group Leader, … Read more

 Peace Meditation at the UN Anniversaries

Anniversary of 1968 talk at UN : 26 Nov 1976     Anniversary of 1968 First talk for  UN Community : 26 Nov 1976 “Song Universal”

The Eighth Anniversary of the first Talk that Sri Chinmoy gave to the United Nations Community was remembered at this Friday Meditation on 26 Nov 1976. The lecture “The Song Universal” appeared in the book Garland of Nation souls. Sri … Read more

Twenty-First Anniversary Celebrations – Music Includes “Peace in 25 Languages” and Peace Concert

Twenty-First Anniversary Celebrations – Music Includes “Peace in 25 Languages” and Peace Concert

April Anniversary of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations. Manhattan Chamber Artists . . . . . . . .. 24 On 12 April 1991, the Manhattan Chamber Artists, with musical director Mr. Richard Auldon Clark, performed at the … Read more

TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Meditation at the UN 1980 April 14 Tenth Anniversary Celebrations “Meditation at the UN” 1980 April 14

The meditation group celebrated its tenth year of inner and outer service to the United Nations community on 14 April 1980 with a programme of music and meditation) followed by an anniversary luncheon. At the first ceremony, held in the … Read more

Quotes about UN: Poster 13th Ann. Peace Meditation at UN, Calendar 1983-84   Quotes about UNPoster 13th Anniversary, Peace Meditation at UN, Calendar 1983-84

“Each nation has human beings who aspire for a better, more illumining and more fulfilling world. These seekers have expressed their aspiration in and through various fields: spirituality, religion, philosophy, science , music, art, poetry and so forth. The United … Read more

20th Anniversary – redesigned Meditation Room – SPECIAL PUBLICATION -15 Nov 1977  20th Anniversary – redesigned Meditation Room – Special Publication -15 Nov 1977

Special Publication marking 20th Anniversary of the redesign of Meditation Room at the United Nations. The following Special Publication from the Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations highlights the program of  15 Nov 1977. This was a supplement of … Read more

yoga  draft section

2018 Day of Yoga at UN – MORE Quotes Yoga and Peace, Music Scores






Yoga and the UN Culture of Peace at NYHQ 2016-Oct-28







Yoga and the Spiritual Life – Composite 1970 – 1997 sri Chinmoy quotes


yoga India Embassy in Nepal Souvenir – 3rd International Yoga Day 2017  -includes ‘Who is fit for Yoga” by Sri Chinmoy


yoga India -Nepal Publication for Yoga Day, June 2018

includes ‘Yoga and The Spiritual life” by  Sri Chinmoy

“Yoga guides life for the experience of existence. You may call this a theoretical experience. Yoga guides life towards the fulfilment of existence. This y ou must call a practical experience. The Spiritual Life The paramount question is, “What is the spiritual life?” The spiritual life is something that is natural and normal. It is always natural and it is always normal, unlike other things that we come across in our day-to-day multifarious activities. The spiritual life is normal and natural precisely because it knows its Source. Its Source is God the infinite Light and God the eternal Truth….”

this under sports and athletics -detail? see 03-12

yoga Talk and Demo: Hatha Yoga and Relaxation 1976 Feb 11




 yoga  Members at Yoga Studio UN -NYC Blackout 13 Jul 1977


  • India -Nepal Publication for Yoga Day, June 2018

    On the occasion of the 4th International Day of Yoga, A souvenir book was presented with articles on Yoga which began with a composite of Sri Chinmoy’s comments on Yoga and the Spiritual Life. It begins with quote: Yoga guides … Read more

  • Private: 2018 Day of Yoga at UN – MORE Quotes Yoga and Peace, Music Scores

    2018 Day of Yoga at UN – MORE Quotes Yoga and Peace, Music Scores

    Members of The Peace Meditation at UN choir and Sri Chinmoy Non Governmental Organization singers and musicians  performed on Wednesday 20 June 2018 at the UN Headquarters in NY. See also main: International Day of Yoga 2018 Musical Performance at … Read more


India Embassy in Nepal Souvenir – 3rd International Yoga Day India Embassy in Nepal Souvenir – 3rd International Yoga Day

The India Embassy in Nepal prepared a bilingual souvenir for the 3rd International Day of Yoga. Sri Chinmoy’s Thoughts on “Who is Fit for Yoga? were included along with his comments on “What is Yoga?” and Various kinds of Yoga: … Read more





Year and Decade of Culture of Peace 

See als0 Art Exhibits-an Poetry for a Culture of Peace

– Year of Rapprochement of Cultures

SAMPLE of one Year –  IYC:

UN Year of the Child (IYC): Summary of Peace Meditation involvement 1977 – 79

UN Year of the Child (IYC): Summary of Peace Meditation involvement 1977 – 79

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International Year of the Child (IYC)

In December of 1976, the United Nations General Assembly  Proclaimed 1979 as the International Year of the Child.


Honoured guests at a reception for !YC sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Panama to the U.N. at the Jharna-Kala Gallery (left to right); Ms. Nina Sibal, First Secretary. Permanent Mission of lndia to the U.N.; H.E. Mr. Alejandro D. Yango. Permanent Representattive of the Philippines; Sra. Emilia Castro de Barish, Alternate Permanent Representatiue of Costa Rica; H.E. Ms. Ana Esther de la Maza Vasquez, Alternate Representative of the Dominican Republic; H. E. Dr. J. E. lllueca, Permanent Representative of Panama; Sri Chinmoy; Mr. Seigfeld Wemers, Permanent Mission of Surinam (in background); Dr. Omar Jaen, Delegation of Panama; Lic. Pedro Briln Martinez, Delegation of Panama; Ms. Maryanne Nsubuga, Charge d ‘Affaires . a.i., Permanent Mission of Seycelles; Mr. Williams, Delegation of Panama; and H.E. Mr. E. Esquea-Guerrero, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the U.N.

A number of activities were undertaken by the Meditation Group at the UN under the leadership of Sri Chinmoy


The Honourable Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman from New York: – at the USA National Visitor Center Wash DC, Programme to honour the International Year of the Child, 23 May,1979 .

and by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centers NGO around the world in cooperation with local governments and other organizations to show support for the IYC. This was a wonderful experience for a number of individuals who later became involved in supporting other special events such as: the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985; the International Year of Peace in 1986 and subsequent initiatives such as the World Harmony run. Link to more details is sub-pages below:

Add thumbnail photo before or after each entry -can do a table format?

A. Excerpts from UN GA resolutions and other official documents (e.g. UNESCO, UNICEF ) requesting NGO and public involvement in IYC.

B. Meditation Group held UNCEF Bazaar in UN Secretariat for IYC – Opened by ASG for IYC – Oct 1977

C. Presentation of  painting dedicated to IYC by Representative of  Government of India and world tour to raise awareness of IYC

D. Programme for IYC at the USA National Visitor Center in Washington DC. Guest Speakers Representative Geraldine Ferraror, USA Parks Dept.

E. Dedication of IYC in Washington DC Park and Garden in California

F. Reception for UN Ambassadors at Gallery in Manhattan in support of IYC, Hosted by the Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations.

G. Song Dedicated to IYC and Children’s Contest

IYC Song .”This Is My Year”: National Champs


H. Related UN Day, Proclamations, Athletic and other events around the world

30 April -Meditation Group choir invited to perform in a celebration of the International Ycar of the Child, held in Riverside Church in Manhattan


Note on top Image.

Taken from the lapel pin produced by the UNICEF National Committee in the Philippines to show support for the International Year of the Child. Pin personally presented to members of the Meditation Group by the then UNICEF Representative in the Philippines. Years later when sincerely admired by James Grant who had since become the Executive Director of UNICEF, he was offered the pin by the staff member from his jacket. He said, no you should keep it. You have worn if for so many years, I know you will protect it. With my travel it will eventually be lost if I accept it. James Grant supported the IYC as a representative of national government to Executive Board of UNICEF before he became UNICEF Executive Director.


Site Note:

A version of this page was also published as: ”1979 International Year of the Child (IYC)” at a World Harmony Run site: