For 19 years, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has brought together young musicians from Israel and the Arab world, with the aim of promoting peace through dialogue and mutual understanding.
The Orchestra was founded in 1999 by renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, whose work is recognised by the UN, through his role as a Messenger of Peace.
Following a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Maestro Barenboim visited Secretary-General António Guterres at UN HQ on Friday.
After the meeting Conor Lennon from UN News sat down with him to find out what he thinks the Orchestra has contributed to relations between Israel and Palestine, described by Maestro Barenboim as a “conflict that doesn’t seem to have a solution.”
He started by asking what it means to Maestro Barenboim to be a Messenger of Peace.