Diplomats from 10 nations celebrate the “2018 Culture Night of Love and Peace” in New York
The Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kiribati to the United Nations jointly hosted the “2018 Culture Night of Love and Peace” at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel on April 5, 2018, spreading the seeds of love and peace.
Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, the president of FOWPAL, and H.E. Mr. Teburoro Tito, Ambassador of Kiribati to the UN and US and former president of Kiribati, welcomed attending ambassadors and deputies from 10 missions to the UN and other distinguished guests, praising the success of the afternoon conference and expressing wishes for continued global partnerships to build a sustainable world.
Dr. Hong addressed the gathering of over 100 people, saying, “The first people who come forth to take actions can generate more time and more opportunities for the Earth and all humanity. If every kind-hearted world citizen, like a piece of jigsaw puzzle, willingly makes contributions, the whole puzzle for a ‘better future’ can be completed. I hope the energy of love and peace that we have gathered can spread around the world to awaken people’s conscience, inspire more good deeds, and make the beautiful vision of world peace come true.”
The dinner event was a feast for the eyes and the mind, featuring spectacular cultural performances by FOWPAL and the Kiribati delegation. FOWPAL delivered powerful martial arts performances, an elegant sword dance, and beautiful music. H.E. Mr. Teburoro Tito, Ambassador of Kiribati to the UN and US and former president of Kiribati, showed great humility as he accompanied himself on the guitar, singing beautiful songs in praise of brotherhood, peace, and love; the roomful of audience responded to his singing with great enthusiasm. A traditional folk dance and a belly dance from Kiribati were also well-received.
In another event highlight, distinguished guests were asked to recall their childhood wishes and make new wishes for the world before spreading the seeds of dandelions, symbolizing the messages of love and peace.
At the end of the event, many distinguished guests shared their thoughts regarding the function. H.E. Mr. Ismael Gaspar Martins, Ambassador of Angola to the UN, said, “I have particularly enjoyed hearing the president singing with such a beautiful voice.” He also pointed out, “You first have to have peace, peace within yourself, peace with others, and then you can do sustainable development. Without peace, it’s not possible. So I’m very pleased to see that peace is very much ingrained in whatever you do, in whatever you promote.”
H.E. Mr. Jamal Fares Alrowaiei, Ambassador of Bahrain to the UN, said, “I would like to thank FOWPAL for organizing the event and also the Permanent Mission of Kiribati for joining and organizing the event. It was an excellent event. It was very energetic and very inspiring.”
H.E. Mr. Samuelu Laloniu, Ambassador of Tuvalu to the UN, referring to the rainbow analogy used by Deputy Ambassador Dzonzi of Malawi to the UN, and said, “You can’t take color out of the rainbow and expect to maintain, to retain the beauty. It has to be colors all together to enjoy the uniqueness and the beauty of the rainbow.”
The event concluded on a high note as all attendees celebrated continued friendships and global partnerships to make the world a better place!