14 November 2017

Peace is ... Solidarity

13 November 2017 — The fifth instalment of “Peace is …“ took place on Monday at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in collaboration with the Department of Public Information, “Peace is … Solidarity” featured an artistic performance by the COBU collective entitled “Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing”. Led by Yako Miayamoto, the COBU female artists combined tap dancing with traditional Japanese Taiko drumming.

In his opening remarks, the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, Mr. Koro Bessho, said the event represented a way “to provide an opportunity for all of us to think about how we can show solidarity for women’s empowerment in a unique way.” The Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, expressed her hope that the performance would symbolize the drumming of peace that ought to replace the beating of war drums.  

The event concluded with a participatory workshop in which ambassadors of Belgium, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany and Indonesia—partners in the event—had the chance to beat the COBU drums.

 “Peace is …Solidarity” was part of an ongoing series highlighting the theme of peace through art and culture. Audience members were also invited to share their definition of peace on customized postcards for later display.

(Read about the previous “Peace is ...” event here.)