100th Anniversary of the Beginning of the First World War - A Commemoration

The Seminal Catastrophe of the 20th Century

Dated: July 8th, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber


Remarks by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Special performance by the Grammy Award-winning ORPHEUS Chamber Orchestra

Readings from diaries and letters of participants in the war

Screening of images of the First World War

Master of Ceremonies: Under-Secretary-General, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal


A Commemoration event for the 100th Anniversary of the Beginning of the First World War (1914-1918) featured an address by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon and a performance by the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of pieces by Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven and Maurice Ravel. It is indicated in the program the following: The lives of these three composers were all marked by the wars of their times and their music reflects that.

The 100th Anniversary Commemoration event also presented three readings from the diaries and letters of people who lived through the war.

The event powerfully promoted "building peace and reconciliation" on a symbolic level by all the participated member states and permanent representatives to the UN along with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's remarks, and the group photo session for the closing.

Organized by: Permanent Missions of France and Germany with the cooperation of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

Co-sponsored by: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Romania, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, The United Kingdom and The United States.

In this album, the war photos captured from the European Film Gateway 1914 project (EFG-1914). http://europeanfilmgateway.eu/1914.

Special Thanks to:
Jeffrey A. Brez, Chief, NGO Relations, Advocacy & Special Events,
Creative Community Outreach Initiative,
Messenger of Peace Programme,
Department of Public Information, United Nations;
Jayashri Wyatt, Manager, Special Events,
Outreach Division,
Department of Public Information, United Nations.

Event photos by: Bircan Unver, The Light Millennium
Julie Mardin, Julie Mardin Photography
Created by Bircan Unver, The Light Millennium

Updated on July 14, 2014 - http://www.lightmillennium.org

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