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Music, like UN promotes international “peace of mind”

Music and the UN both have the ability to promote international “peace of mind” and “emotional health”.

That’s the upbeat assessment of UN Messenger of Peace and concert violinist Midori, speaking at UN Headquarters on the International Day of Peace.

The Japanese-born American prodigy has championed the developmental potential of children through her Midori & Friends organisation that’s brought music education programmes to thousands of children since 1992.

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“Evil is not of God” says music superstar Stevie Wonder

One of the most celebrated and revered icons of American popular music delivered a simple yet powerful message of tolerance at the United Nations this Monday.

Addressing gun violence and terrorism worldwide, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder stated that “wrong is wrong, no matter how you put it.”

The multiple award-winning musician and UN Messenger of Peace was at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day.

LGBTI gala promotes rights at UN Headquarters

What’s been described as the largest ever gathering at the UN of lesbian gay, bisexual Transgender and Intersex people shows the progress that has been made towards giving those people the rights they deserve.

That’s according to attendees of the event, which was organized by LGBTI rights group OutRight International.

It took place Monday night ahead of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May and was hosted by actor Alan Cumming.

Janie Cangelosi has the story.

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