Horst Köhler appointed as UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for West Sahara
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of former Federal President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler as his Personal Envoy for the Western Sahara. He succeeds Christopher Ross who was appointed in 2009.
The Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra makes its Debut at the United Nations
On July 31st, the Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra performed a midday concert in the UN Visitors Lobby as part of their tour through the US. The Orchestra, comprised of 33 musicians between the ages of 12 and 22, is based in the German state of Hessen where they regularly perform in front of sold-out audiences.
In his opening remarks, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz noted that there are six official languages at the UN, but there is only one universal language which can be understood by all: music! Reflecting the musicians’ diverse ethnic backgrounds, the concert included pieces from different composers, such as the Russian Anatoly Liadov, the English composer Edward Elgar, Wolfgang A. Mozart representing Austria, as well as Béla Bartók from Hungary, and the American Elmar Bernstein.
View photos from the Fulda Youth Chamber Orchestra concert here.
German Exhibition "Kulturwelten" on the Protection of Cultural Heritage
On July 10th, Deputy Permanent Representative Jürgen Schulz and the Permanent Representative of Mali, Ambassador Konfourou, jointly opened the exhibition "Kulturwelten" on the global effort of protecting cultural heritage.
Protecting and maintaining cultural identity and its diversity is one of the priorities of the German Government’s cultural work abroad. By preserving cultural heritage, we are supporting the cause of peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding. Mali, as a country with outstanding riches in cultural property, is an important partner in the Cultural Preservation Programme. Germany is supporting international efforts to establish a modern archive in which the world famous Timbuktu manuscripts are stored, conserved, catalogued, digitized and made available to both Malian and international researchers. Such measures will ensure that these valuable manuscripts take their rightful place in the cultural heritage of humanity.
The exhibition was on display next to the delegates entrance in the General Assembly Building until July 21st.
On the death of former Permanent Representative, Ambassador Antonius “Tono” Eitel
The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations mourns the death of its former Permanent Representative Ambassador Antonius “Tono” Eitel (1933–2017). He passed away on Sunday, June 25, at his home in Muenster, Germany. Ambassador Eitel headed Germany’s Mission to the U.N. in New York from 1995 to 1998 and represented his country on the U.N. Security Council during the 1995/96 term. He will be remembered as an accomplished diplomat, eminent legal scholar, collector of rare Mesopotamian artifacts and great humanist. Please visit the following website to sign his condolence book: