evolving consciousness at the UN

Here's what sounds like a stimulating and inspiring discussion on June 2, forwarded by someone peripherally involved.

Building a Culture of Peace and the Evolution of Consciousness

Wed, June 2, 2004
3pm – 6pm
United Nations Headquarters
Conference Room 8, Floor 1B
46th Street and 1st Ave, Manhattan

~// The Role of the United Nations and Civil Society in Promoting a Culture of Peace — H.E. Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

~// Is There a Relationship Between the Evolution of Consciousness & a Culture of Peace?

~// The Roerich Pact & Banner of Peace-Forerunners, UNESCO World Heritage Program

~// The Planetary Cultural Trust as Depicted in Tito Dupret’s Interactive Spherical Panoramic Digital Photographs of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

~// Audience Participation

I had the good fortune of profiling Tito Dupret last year in an article about his work. Moved (shocked and outraged) by the Taliban's destruction of the 175-foot and 120-foot Bamiyan Buddha statues in early 2001, he established WHTour, a nonprofit organization dedicating to documenting for posterity and raising awareness of all 754 (and growing) sites registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the form of panoramic photographs and QuickTime VR films. This Belgian has been backpacking to sites around the world ever since. Read the article and check out his site. It's an inspiring story.

To participate in the event, a valid UN grounds pass is required. To obtain one, email your name (exactly as it appears on a picture ID you'll take with you) as soon as possible and no later than May 25, 2004 to UN@aquaac.org. You can also mail it to 233 Bay Street No. 206, Jersey City, NJ 07302, or phone 718.875.8251.

Your pass will be at the UN Pass Office at 801 UN Plaza at 45th St. and 1st Ave. (across from the UN main building), available between 9am - 12:45pm and 2pm - 4pm. The UN Visitor’s Entrance is on 46th St., where you'll need to go through security. Please allow a minimum of 15 minutes for this process.

This event, sponsored by the Aquarian Age Community, a non-profit, accredited nongovernmental organization (NGO) in association with the UN Department of Public Information, would not be possible without the kind support of the UN High Representative, H.E. Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury. The group also appreciates the kind support of the NGO Operation Peace Through Unity and the newly formed New York-based CONGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.

From the flyer: "Dedicated to the Establishment of Right Human Relations, Leading to a Planetary Culture of Peace — In Cooperation with the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)"