With occasion of its fifty anniversary, we gave the Letter of Peace to the United Nations, accompanied by the signatures and testimonies gathered until then; These are presented regularly to the Secretary General of this prestigious organisation .
We hope that one day certain points or aspects of the Letter of Peace will become an instrument of the United Nations, which favors the diffusion of such, as well as its incorporation in the spirit of the legislations of the peoples of all nations.
We thank the United Nations for receiving the Letter of Peace, and for becoming public receptors of this Document, registering it according to their procedures and protocol, to pass on to whoever may request it.
The Letter of Peace was handed over by Co-author Jose Luis Socías Bruguera, in the presence of representats of the promotional organizations Josep Mª Forcada, president of the Scope Maria Corral, and Jordi Cussó Porredón, director of the Universitas Albertiana. Also present were the director of the Office of UNESCO in New York, Jorge Wertheim, representing Federico Mayor Zaragoza.
In representation of the Principality of Andorra, that supported the Letter of Peace, its ambassador, Juli Minoves, attended the event at the United Nations. Also in attendance were various personalities from the world of the culture from several countries and a representation of collaborators of the Letter of Peace.The president of the Association Maria Corral of Switzerland, Pauline Lodder, explained the content of the material that was given to the UN.
From the left side: Jordi Cussó, Director of the Universitas Albertiana; Juli Minoves, Ambassador of Andorra before the UN; Josep Mª Forcada, President of the "Ámbito de Invetigación y Difusión Maria Corral" and Boutros-Boutros Ghali, secretary General of United Nations.
“This fiftieth anniversary will be one year to reaffirm the principles of the United Nations Charter" I believe that inside this frame it is where it is necessary to fit the initiative that you have contributed. It constitutes, so, a contribution to all the efforts that, since the General Secretary has said, at the public opinion level, have to be made in order to put into practice the principles of the United Nations Charter". These were words of the Spanish delegation representative before the United Nations, Mr. Arturo Laclaustra, during the academic act which took place in the Cervantes Institute, in New York, to celebrate the event of the delivery of the Letter of Peace to the UNO.
Cervantes Institute library was the meeting point for persons that had congregated forthwith on the occasion of the delivery of the Letter of Peace. In this reception, the most important organisms and representatives of all those who have collaborated in the different presentations of the Letter of Peace all across the world took part.
The Director of Ambito de Investigación y Difusión María Corral, Mr. Joan Viñas, who presented and moderated the act, delivered to the Delegate of Culture of the Cervantes Institute, Mr. Jose Maria Conget, the Letter of Peace in Castilian and in Catalan and a collection of books published from the Interdisciplinary Days that Ambito Maria Corral organize since year 1980. Mr. Jose M ª Conget expressed his gratefulness and said that this material would be accessible to all readers who frequent the library.
The guarantors of the Letter of Peace: Mr. Jorge Wertheim, Director of the UNESCO Office in New York and representative of the UNESCO before United Nations, and Mr. Juli Minoves, representative of the Principality of Andorra before the United Nations, also intervened.
The national counselor of Switzerland and president of Pro-family, Mr. Vidal Oardellay, said some words of praise to the text of the Letter of Peace. For his part, the journalist Mr. Abel Hernández, from Madrid, spoke about the education for peace. Mr. Enrique Castillo, Rector of the University of Our Lady of the Peace in Tegucigalpa, was grateful for the labour carried out in Honduras. The publicist and delegate of the Ambito Maria Corral in Hermosillo (Mexico), Mr. León Mayoral, spoke about the construction of the peace in the world. Mrs. Isabel Figueiredo, Director of programming radio in Lisbon, expressed what for her it had meant to collaborate with the Letter of Peace. Mrs. Petra de Llanos, Delegate of the Ambito in Seoul, spoke about the socio-political reality in Korea and about the need of peace. In the last of the interventions, Juan Miguel Gonzalez-Feria, one of the founders of the Universitas Albertiana, highlighted that the Letter of Peace "has been an alive instrument that has helped many persons". He also underlined the importance of studying and knowing the history, "since this concrete history has done that we exist". Finally, he went in depth into the different points of the document emphasizing its progressivity.
The act was concluded by the Director of the Ambito Maria Corral, Mr. Joan Viñas, inviting to tribute a toast to the peace and wishing that the Letter of Peace reaches different days runs all across the world and stimulates to a change of attitudes in people.
Overview of the Library of Instituto Cervantes at the time the toast of Mr. Leon Mayoral, CEO of the Charter for Peace in Sonora (Mexico)
The second meeting with the Secretary General of the UN and promoters of the Letter of Peace, on 25 January 1996 in New York, was more significant still than that first meeting held the previous year. The documents of 1995, were given to him by seven year old Aina Huguet, as a delicate symbol of the new generations to whom we wished to leave a world more at peace. In the future more works for peace of the type mentioned in the Letter of Peace to the UN will be conducted.
The Secretary General in his speech, deeply valued and thanked the organisation for the work carried out by the promoters of the Letter of Peace. He said "the impressive number of companies gathered shows the degree of enthusiasm that you are known to generate towards the service of peace. Peace - he said- is too serious a problem to be entrusted only to the states of the world". He expressed his intention to continue vividly in this task and quest, opening its message to all the peoples of all continents.
Aina Huguet delivered the 1995 Report to the Secretary General of the UN, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
On the occasion of the delivery of the work carried out during year 1995 to the General Secretary of the UN, there took place, on the same January 25, 1996 in the evening, a reception in the Lounge Carlos IV of the Spanish Institute of New York.
Mr Jordi Cussó, Rector of the Universitas Albertiana, gave the welcome to the assistants and his presence and was grateful in the name of the promoter entities. He also expressed his wish to continue presenting the Letter of Peace in new countries, to continue spreading its content keenly, creating spaces of reflection and interdisciplinary study of the Letter of Peace content.
Mrs. Assumpta Sendra, person in charge of the Letter of Peace in the United States, presented the act and called upon the persons who intervened; Mr Arcadio Díaz-Tejera, Canary Ombudsman expressed: "that this Letter removes many things, specially consciences and emotions". He asserted with great enthusiasm that, as a human being, he would always support to such initiative. Later on, Mrs Esther de Zavaleta, writer and member of the Consultative Committee of Top Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRESALC-UNESCO) intervened.
She observed that "this Letter of Peace is inspired in the humble intention of helping to think about the topic, offering foundations for one´s own thoughts. She remembered that Butros-Ghali said that peace was residing in the culture of the heart. Culture means cultivation and I believe that there, in the cultivation of man´s heart, of his aptitudes for the construction of a better world, there is a core where it is necessary to work the topic of the peace".
Immediately afterwards Dr. Alfredo Rubio, the author of the Letter of Peace, delivered a bound copy of the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN, to Mr. Fernando Aleu, President of the Spanish Institute Board of Directors. Dr. Rubio said that "this binding of the Letter of Peace that I deliver to you is written in Catalan, the language in which its first draft was written. When I have opened it, I have only seen blank pages on both sides; finally, I have seen that the text was written in the middle of the book. This Letter of Peace, which is very brief, is based on evidences. Let these blank pages are a representation of what everyone will contribute to peace with his actions, in the light of the evidences of the Letter of Peace".
Mr. Aleu was grateful, on behalf of the Spanish Institute, "because you have chosen this house for this act, in which I have learned very much. Moreover, the beauty of the literary images used this evening, has been dazzling. I am grateful for it because this institution and I like the good taste of the beautiful things very much. All that what has been said is a cause of happiness, of satisfaction, of wish to repeat it soon and, if it is possible, with more fervour of multitudes".
Forthwith it was offered a concert of Spanish music by the soprano Montserrat Español accompanied on the piano by Natalia Plá. The reception finished with a toast by courtesy of Codorniu.
Mr Juli Minoves, Ambassador of Andorra; Mrs. Zofia Olszowski, representative of UNESCO in New York and Mr. Juan Miguel Gonzalez-Feria, co-founder of the Universitas Albertiana, dedicated their praises and gratefulness to the Letter of Peace and encouraged its promoters to continue forward with this initiative.
Dr. Alfredo Rubio, co-author of the Letter of Peace, delivers a bound copy of this document to Dr. Fernando Aleu, President of the Spanish Institute Board of Directors.
Dr. Alfredo Rubio, co-author of the Letter of Peace, presents a bound copy of this document to Dr. Fernando Aleu, Chairman of the Board of the Spanish Institute.
In this occasion, it was the general vice-secretary, Mrs. Louise Frechette, who received the delegation of the Letter of Peace, representing Mr. Kofi Annan, present Secretary General of the UN. Present in the ceremony chaired by Maria Vinas, coordinator of the Letter of Peace, were also Elena Caballé, manager of the Ambito Maria Corral, Nina Sibal, Unesco lisassion Director’s Office in New York., Juli Minoves, ambassador of Andorra to the United Nations, Agustín Viñas, member of the Patronage of the Universitas Albertiana, and Jose Luis Socías, Co-author of the Letter of Peace. It was him who explained to the General Vice-secretary the content of the documents and work conducted during 1996 and 1997.
Ceremony of the delivery of the Report 1996-1997 of Letter of Peace work to the general vice-secretary of the United Nations, Louise Frechette. Intervention of Elena Caballé, manager of the "Ámbito de INvestigación y Difusión Maria Corral".
On the occasion of the third delivery of the Letter of Peace to the General Secretary of the United Nations, on the same night, a dinner took place in the well known restaurant of the Marriot Hotel of New York.
The party began with some speeches made by relevant personalities who were present at the morning act in the headquarters of United Nations. The dinner was moderated by Mrs. Assumpta Sendra, delegated of the Letter of Peace in the United States.
There intervened Arturo Laclaustra, Ambassador attached representative at the Delegation of Spain before United Nations; Antón Cañelles, Síndic de Greuges of Catalonia; Grace L. Griffenberg, Defender of the People of New York; Carlos Contreras, Executive Secretary of the South American Commission of Peace, Security and Democracy; and Juan Miguel Gonzalez-Feria, Co-founder of the Universitas Albertiana.
On having finished the dinner, and for CODORNIU's gentility, representative persons who were at the dinner drank a few toasts: Mr Conrad Adillon, President of Friends of Catalonia in New York; Jose Luís Fernandez, member of the Patronage of the Universitas Albertiana; Mr. León Mayoral delegated of the Letter of Peace in Hermosillo and Jordi Cussó, Director of the Universitas Albertiana.
Also in the frame of this dinner there was done delivery of a facsimile of the memories of the Letter of Peace devoted to the United Nations, for the present representatives of UNESCO and Andorra forthwith. As well, a copy of the Letter of the Peace due bound was delivered to the representative of the Spanish Delegation before United Nations.
Conrad Adillon, president of Friends of Catalonia, delivers to the Letter of Peace, a flag of the United Nations in commemoration of this event.
Conrad Adillon, presidente de Friends of Catalonia, entrega a la Carta de la Paz una bandera de las Naciones Unidas en recuerdo de esta efeméride.
On 14th September last, an international delegation from the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN handed over the “1998-2002 Report” to the Undersecretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka. The official act took place in the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona before a hundred Letter of Peace collaborators. This is the first time this ceremony has been held in the Catalan capital.
Those responsible for the speeches were Maria Viñas, Director of the Letter of Peace Foundation addressed to the UNO, who welcomed the authorities and those present; and David Martínez, a member of the Peace Institute of the Interdisciplinary Universitas Albertiana. Also present was a representative from Andorra, Francesc Bonet, this country’s ambassador at the UNO in Geneva- the document’s patron state. Jordi Cussó, director of the Interdisciplinary Universitas Albertiana and President of the Letter of Peace Foundation, handed over the “1998-2002 Report”, for the first time in multimedia format, to the representative of this institution at this ceremony, the director of UN Habitat in New York, Axumite Gebre-Egziabher –Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka’s delegate-. The ceremony was concluded with the interpretation of El cant dels ocells, the popular Catalan song set to music by Pau Casals, who interpreted it in a performance at the United Nations.
General view of the Palau de la Música Catalana, where the Delivery took place. Besides, Jordi Cussó, director of the Universitas Albertiana deliveries the Multimedia Report to Axumite Gebre-Egziabher, delegate in this ceremony of Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the Undersecretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN-Habitat.
Also on the occasion of the fourth presentation of the Letter of Peace Report, a reception was held during the evening at the Hotel Ritz in Roger de Lluria, Barcelona. In the ceremony there was Jordi Cussó, director of the Universitas Albertiana; Josep Maria Forcada, president of the Maria Corral Association for Research and Dissemination and some representants of the two and some people of the representatives of this two sponsoring bodies. Finally, ther was presented to the audience the multimedia material handed over to the United Nations, a summary of all the activities carried out by the Letter of Peace throughout the world during the years 1998-2002. .
Josep Lluís Socías, co-autor of the Letter of Peace adressed to the UN, during his intervention.
To close this fourth presentation, on 16th September last, members of the Letter of Peace Foundation addressed to the UN and the document’s sponsoring bodies held a meeting with the Undersecretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, who had been unable to attend the official presentation ceremony of the report. The representative of the UN, sent by the organization’s Secretary-General, Koffi Annan, showed special interest in the first international congress to be held on the document. He also expressed the good syntony between the Letter of Peace and the will and spirit of the United Nations. “The UN has a dual mission: peace and prosperity. It is an organization which was founded by civil society. Its carta magna begins by saying: “We, the people, say that’s enough! We want peace and prosperity for everyone!”. We were certain that, without people, there cannot be peace and without prosperity, it is impossible to keep peace. The United Nations was founded with the same spirit as the Letter of Peace. Now we must hope that goodwill groups help us to remember and keep us on track in this mission. For me, this initiative, the Letter of Peace, which I today have the honour of receiving, fills me with encouragement and enthusiasm”.
Letter of Peace adressed to the UN delegation had a meetign with Ms. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the Undersecretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, in the context of the Forum of Cultures in Barcelona, 2004.
*«Peace is too serious a problem to be entrusted only to the states of the world»
Boutros Ghali , in the 2nd delivery of the Letter of Peace to the United Nations, New York, January 25th, 1996.