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Manifest the Essence of Ecology in the Form of Art

--The First International Ecological Art Exhibition Opens Its Curtain in UN

IESCO news by Duan Ying)Globalization has entered an all-round development stage since 1980s. On one hand, it has led to the rapid growth of global economy; on the other hand, it has also brought global issues such as financial crisis, terrorism, religious conflicts, climate change, and energy crisis. In order to restrain the above-mentioned crises and strengthen the dialogues and cooperation among different civilizations, cultures and ethnicities, President of the 68th Session of UN General Assembly John W. Ashe held the annul United Nations High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace and the First International Ecological Art Exhibition on September 9, 2014 in the UN Headquarters.

As the deteriorating ecology poses increasing threat to the economic development of society and the survival of human beings, how to solve ecological and environmental crises and spread the concept of green ecology became an important topic for discussion during the forum. The forum specially held the two-day “International Ecological Art Exhibition” and adopted the way of integrating ecology and art, aiming to call on people to protect natural environment, pay more attention to environmental and ecological problems and make contributions to the cause of ecological safety.

The Art Exhibition opened its curtain at 9 o’clock on September 9, 2014 in the UN Headquarters, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar, former UN Under-Secretary-General and The Leading UN Culture of Peace Emissary Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to UN Palitha T. B. Kohona, Director of the New York Liaison Office of UN-Habitat Yamina Djacta, and Director-General of IESCO Dr. Jiang Mingjun attended the opening ceremony and cut the ribbon.   

This exhibition was organized by Global Movement for the Culture of Peace, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Permanent Mission of The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to UN, and IESCO. As one of the main organizers, Director-General of IESCO Dr. Jiang Mingjun said in his speech that the reason why choose the UN Headquarters in New York to hold the First Ecological Art Exhibition is that it can broaden the communication and integration of Oriental and Western cultures in the meantime of contributing to the cause of global ecological safety. Dr. Jiang also emphasized that artistic works cannot only bring people visual enjoyment, but also spiritual edification. He hopes that the art exhibition can guide people to face up to the harmony between human and nature and follow the general principles of the natural world.

UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya congratulated IESCO for holding the Ecological Art Exhibition during the United Nations High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, and said that nature, peace, and art are completely integrated in this art exhibition.

UN Under-Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar stressed that the holding of this art exhibition in New York is of great significance. He also hoped the organizers can continue to hold activities of the same kind to promote the communication and integration of Oriental and Western cultures.

Former UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke highly of this art exhibition and said that it offered a garden-view art exhibition to the visitors. Ambassador Kohona said that he hoped to co-organize more cultural exhibition activities with IESCO.

The exhibition presented nearly 50 works painted by 12 Chinese well-known painters, and most of the works have never been presented in public before. The contents of the works are mainly mountains and rivers, wetlands, flowers and birds, fish and insects, and human portraiture, emphasizing human is a part of nature. The artists all believed that, at present, the importance of the relations between human and nature hasn’t been paid enough attention. As artists of social responsibilities, they will deliver the righteous values to people and let them respect the object principles of the natural world on the basis of utilizing nature, and conduct human production activities with the premise of guaranteeing good ecology, in order to establish a relation in which human and nature exist and prosper together and develop harmoniously.

In the afternoon of the first day of the exhibition, the painters attending this exhibition had a small symposium with local artists, art collectors and art lovers, discussing the aesthetic and educative function of artistic works for human beings. 

On the second day of the exhibition, the organizers held the on-site demos in the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN Diplomat Center, over 20 painters painted more than 20 works on-site and presented to the guests as gifts.

Related Links: United Nations “High-level Forum on Culture of Peace” is the outcome of the 53/243 Resolution of UN General Assembly “Declaration and Action Programme of the Culture of Peace” adopted with consensus on September 13, 1999.

In order to call on the countries and organizations around the world to join hands to establish a free, democratic and non-violent world, since 2011, IESCO actively cooperate with “High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace” in the propaganda of the Culture of Peace. UNITY Magazine hosted by IESCO and UN-Habitat set up a special column about “Declaration and Action Programme of the Culture of Peace” in July, 2012. Till now, it has made vivid and detailed coverage about “the education, dialogues and cooperation in the Culture of Peace”, aiming to develop the Culture of Peace into a global movement and exploit the positive effect of media on youth.

In addition, since 2012, IESCO has also continuously made propaganda posters for the annul High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace.  








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