UN: UNESCO highlights power of jazz in building peace, understanding

New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) Ms. Irina Bokova says jazz is a universal message of peace that
harmonizes rhythm and meaning, carries values significant for every woman and man,
and provides unique opportunities for mutual understanding.

In a message on Saturday to mark the International Jazz Day, Ms. Bokova said: "This
spirit has inspired musicians, as well as poets, painters and writers all over the world,
reminding us that culture is far more than entertainment – culture is a window onto
the soul, and culture is the shape we give to that which we most cherish."

She noted that the history of jazz draws from a mix of peoples and cultures, including
from Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, saying: "Jazz tells the power of music to build
peace and bring together people of all cultures and backgrounds."

"Jazz gave music to the courage that drove the civil rights movement in the US, and it
continues to provide inspiration to millions of people across the world, seeking
freedom, fighting for respect and human dignity," she said.

Ms. Bokova also disclosed that, some 150 countries will be hosting Jazz Day events
over the next several days to celebrate jazz as a unifying music.

In November 2011, UNESCO officially designated 30 April as International Jazz Day
in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the

In December 2013, the UN General Assembly formally welcomed UNESCO's decision,
with both bodies now recognizing the Day.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws
public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.
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