In 2012, UNDP and the UN family in Iraq celebrated International Peace Day by organizing a concert with the Ministry of Culture featuring well known musician Naseer Shamma. Shamma, who played to a full house of Iraqi youths, said that music is an ideal way to send a message of peace to Iraq.
UNDP in Iraq teams up with Oud virtuoso, Naseer Shamma, to celebrate Peace Day
Date: 21 September 2013
Location: Baghdad, Basra, Babil, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Muthanna, Ninewah, Kirkuk, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, Thi-Qar, Wassit
Building on the success of last year’s events in Baghdad, the United Nations in Iraq is expanding the scope of its Peace Day activities to include independently organised youth events in Basrah, Basra, Babil, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Muthanna, Ninewah, Kirkuk, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, Thi-Qar and Wassit while also planning activities in Baghdad designed to promote public engagement.
Working in close coordination with the Ministry of Culture, the events feature artistic, cultural, and political displays relevant to theme of this year’s Peace Day: Culture for Peace. These include, among others, a concert in the National Theatre featuring world famous Iraqi oud musician, Naseer Shamma, a broadcasted roundtable discussion, and the unveiling of a mural prepared by local artists calling for peace in Iraq.
Youth Empowerment and Engagement in Peace Building
This event aims to promote the role of youth in building peace, tolerance and mutual respect in Iraq by providing a platform for young people to deliver their messages to both religious and political leaders. A group of 10-15 young Iraqi artists are producing a large canvas that reflects the united aspirations of Iraqi youth for peace. The Iraqi parliament, the Council of Representatives (CoR), are invited to hang the artwork in a prominent position as a reminder of their responsibilities to the people of Iraq in the days following Peace Day.
Press Conference with Naseer Shamma
On the morning of 21 September, a press conference is being organised to announce the concert. Naseer Shamma, a representative of the Ministry of Culture and the UNDP Country Director will address the media to deliver a statement on the importance of Peace Day and to invite the media and the Iraqi community to watch the music concert held later in the evening at the National Theatre.
Roundtable Discussion & Live Global Moments Broadcast
Following the press conference, the UN is holding a roundtable discussion bringing together a number of prominent panellists to further discuss Peace and Culture in the context of Iraq. This event is coordinated with Peace One Day, and broadcasted as part of a 24 hour live coverage via YouTube, called “Live Global Moments (LGM)”.
Musical Concert at the National Theatre
UNDP has this year again spearheaded efforts to organise a concert by renowned musician Naseer Shamma at the National theater in Baghdad. This year, Mr. Shamma is playing with "the Secret Orchestra", a group composed of 35 musicians. Mr. Shamma performed at last year’s Peace Day Concert at the National Theatre which received extensive media coverage, including live broadcast by Al-Jazeera.