193 Countries Play Indonesian Angklung for Global Peace at the United Nations

01 May 2018 170 Views

New York (30/04/2018). The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York assembled a cultural event “Bamboo for Peace: Enchanting sounds and rhythms of Indonesia”, at the United Nations headquarters.

Nearly 500 diplomats from the UN’s 193 member states and UN officials graced the event that was held in the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber.

“For the very first time, the distinct sound of Angklung is being heard in the halls of the United Nations, which for Indonesia is a moment that we will always cherish” said Ambassador Dian Triansjah Djani, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations.

The guests were entertained by an ensemble of 30 musicians from Saung Angklung Udjo and House of Angklung, accompanied by dancers from Padepokan Jugala Taya, that performed a variety of international and Indonesian musical pieces such as Blue Danube, Bungong Jeumpa from Aceh and Yamko Rambe Yamko from Papua.

“As a true partner for peace, Indonesia would like to share with the world its cultural heritage such as Angklung as an instrument for peace, stability and development. As always, Indonesia stands firm in its commitment to spread harmony and cooperation in its relations with other countries,” emphasized Ambassador Djani.

The event was a collaboration by the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN supported by the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington D.C. and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry Tourism in conjunction with the celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
 
The Angklung which was declared a cultural heritage in 2010 by UNESCO was selected because of the unique method to play the instrument whereby each person in the group plays a single note that when played together creates harmony and peace.

Indonesia is currently running as a candidate for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council from 2019-2020 and has been organizing several events in New York to raise awareness and gain the support of member states.

The event concluded with all guests participating in playing the song “We are the World” by Michael Jackson to echo Indonesia's message to UN member states to be united in its endeavor to creating world peace.