Part 3-06C Davidson Hepburn – (Compilation) Inspiring Friend of Peace Meditation at U.N. for over 3 decades.

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Dr. Davidson Hepburn, the former Permanent Representative of the Bahamas of  the United Nations and President (2009 – 2011) of General Conference of the Untied Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been a great supporter of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations. He personally attended many programes when he was the Permanent  Representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations for a decade and continued his friendship with Sri Chinmoy and many members of the meditation Group for the ensuing decades.

Links to programmes to be added.

See pdf booklet “Aspiration Flames” shared as slide show during Dr. Hepburn’s visit in Cambodia January 2018 covering his (1978 – 2017) 40 years of relationship with the Peace Meditation at the UN and Sri Chinmoy


See also the pdf highlights of Dr. Hepburn’s visit to Cambodia from 18 to 31 January 2018


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In photo 0f Ambassadors to the UN Jorge Illueca of Panama and Davidson Hepburn of the Bahamas with Sri Chinmoy.


UN General Assembly Delegates Entrance – Peace and Harmony Art Exhibit 2012 Oct 15 – 25

Paintings for Peace and World Harmony – Opening of Exhibit – Speakers Archbishop Desmund Tutu (preview visit) H.E. Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of the Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Davidson Hepburn

see also previous day visit with Archbishop Desmund Tutu

During the time of his Presidency (2009 – 2011) of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference he offered many statements and Video messages to all those supporting eh Peace and World Harmony runs founded by Sri Chinmoy 25 years earlier.

  the 25 th Anniversary video of Ambassador Hepburn’s message, which has been translated into twenty-five languages.

“25th Anniversary and Beyond” Video Message translated for sub-titles in 25 languages:


Astana, Kazakhstan

Some members of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations were able to travel to Kazakhstan in 2012 to be on hand for a number of events including:

  • Welcoming the: “World Harmony and Peace Run. An International Torch Relay Run from Europe  meeting up in Astana with the team from Asia- Pacific. The two teams had began in their respective regions many months before.
  • Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan joining the United Nations.

See report and photos at:  Kazakhstan, Astana, East meets WEST  25 July 2012

– Questions with Davidson Hepburn – 26 July 2012—

The following evening July 26, 2012, Dr Hepburn met again with the organizers of the runs and some of the participants from other countries. (see below)

The runners were very interested in Dr. Hepburn’s early involvement with the events in New York and his association with Sri Chinmoy starting in the 1970′s. The founder of the World Harmony and Peace Runs (Sri Chinmoy) was also the leader of the Peace Meditation Group at the U.N. since its founding in 1970.


ambassador Hepburn on the way back form Astana also introduced the speakers at r

Moments Peace” programme during the recent Olympic’s in London

Davidson Hepburn introduced the Jharna Kala World Harmony Paintings exhibit and The Bahamas World Harmony Run at the Governor General’s Residence.’ 17 Feb 2010


Programmes At the United nations in NY 11 Sep 1979 in Honor of the Bahamas

with songs dedicated to Bahamas and Ambassador Hepburn by Sri Chinmoy

05 Sep 1980 in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium: Tribute concert to the Bahamas.

Musical Programme featuring Amb. Davidson Hepburn of the Bahamas.

Historical Note: Ambassador Davidson L. Hepburn, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas, treated diplomats and staff to a singing performance on 5 September 1980 in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. Accompanying the Ambassador was acclaimed French concert pianist Olivier Greif. The occasion was a meditation group tribute to the Bahamas, which celebrates its seventh anniversary of joining the United Nations on 18th September.

Before the performance, Ambassador Hepburn explained that he does not consider himself a professional singer: “Sri Chinmoy, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, when your programme coordinator, some months ago talked to me about this programme and asked me to say a few words on this occasion, I hastily said, “I prefer to sing.” Today that is why I am here, because he interpreted that literally. I thought I should be here to fulfill my promise.” Ambassador Hepburn’s first concert at the United Nations, which included “Let There Be Peace on Earth” as well as two spirituals, “Balm in Gilead” and “When I Feel the Spirit,” was very warmly received as a unique effort towards greater understanding and world peace.






At the end of the programme on 05 Sep 1980 the meditation group choir performed a new song that Sri Chinmoy had dedicated to the Bahamas.



1978 Programme for International Day of Thanksgiving at the Untied Nations –  Guest Speakers included  – Ambassador Davidson Hepburn of the Bahamas


Statements by Ambassador Hepburn for the Anniversary of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations.


Meeting with Sri Chinmoy in the Bahamas (Dec 1997?):

Ambassador recently shared how he experienced that occasion:

“I have been in connection with you for a long time. Here is one of the simple, simple things that happened as far as what my friend Sri Chinmoy did:

We had a meeting in the Bahamas when they were trying so hard to get the Harmony Run going, and we were having some difficulties … I was sitting in the hotel, and Sri Chinmoy came in. He had brought a big chocolate cake for my birthday. (see photo below)

I was really moved, even though I don’t like chocolate! [Laughter] That was the first time that I had a slice of a chocolate cake and really enjoyed it.


Ambassador Hepburn honours a swimmer with song: September 1985:

1985-09-sep-Meditation Group Member swims the English channel to honor 40th anniversary of UN, Davidson Hepburn of the Bahamas  in turn sings in Swimmers honour at programme in the Dag Hammarskjold auditorium at the UN.. (Photo below: Ambassador Hepburn  with swimmer Adhiratha Keefe’s parents Wanda and Jack and Sri Chinmoy

Ambassador Hepburn at Jharna Kala Art exhibit im Manhattan : September 1985

Visit by Ambassador Hepburn to the Jharna Kala Exhibit in Manhattan.

2012 – April Programe with Davidson  Hepburn Celebrating:

Ambssador Hepburn visits Aspiration Ground 2007 Jul

Some inspiring Correspondence with Sri Chinmoy and members of the meditation Group.



25th anniv pec and harmnoy run-Davidson Hepburn encouraging video message -text.


Astana, Kazakhstan – Questions with Davidson Hepburn – 26 July 2012


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