Led by Dudamel, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra offered a "Concert for Peace" at the UN
This musical event was titled "Concert for Peace", and counted on iconic interpretations such as "Alma Llanera" (Soul of the Plains) and "Mambo", among others; an event that brought about strong applause from the diplomats present.
"On behalf of President Nicolas Maduro Moros, the youth model from the United Nations - Venezuelan Chapter, and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, we wanted to honor the theme that has brought us together today through an open debate at the Security Council: peace, stability, and international security through respect for international rights," said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodriguez, prior to the concert.
She stressed that the best way to show Venezuela’s appreciation and commitment to peace is through the presence of goodwill ambassadors who go around the world to inspire a culture of peace, and that through music one can overcome bigotry, hatred, extreme violence, and terrorism. "It's the culture of peace that brings these guys to the United Nations today".
Rodriguez thanked the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, as well as representatives and ambassadors from the organization’s international community.
A culture of peace
The Venezuelan diplomat said that thanks to the support of Commander Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian government of President Nicolas Maduro, 440 centers have been created across the country and nearly 1,400 bands have played in over 50 countries worldwide.
In addition, the maestro Gustavo Dudamel was referred to as "our best ambassador in the world. When maestro Dudamel takes out his baton across the world, he is making the best of the creative powers of the people of Venezuela [...] from our soul we pay this tribute to the United Nations and look forward to decisively contributing towards a world where peace is what leads the destiny of our independent and sovereign countries."
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"