“The Blue Star of Life”
Project to Mark the 60th Anniversary
of the Founding of the United Nation
The Organizing Committee for The Blue Star of Life (TBSL)
We have prayed for peace in the world since Japan presented the “Peace
Bell” to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as an act commemorating
the admission of Japan into the U.N. However, we still have had wars such
as the one in Iraq are threatened with the acts of international terrorism
as in WTC attack and nuclear proliferation. We are also faced with horrendous
environmental problems of the Earth, such as Global Warming. To resolve
the present problems, we should remind all people in the world of the importance
of the United Nations. Therefore, we propose we create a world network
type project. We will gather pebbles from all member states of the United
Nations and put them in the porcelain globe, “The Blue Star of Life,” which
is placed in the European Headquarters of UN. That aims at promoting international
peace and environmental harmony through mutual understanding and international
（See the details: http://www.bluestar-un.com ）
“The Blue Star of Life”
Produced by Mr. Yasuhiko Shiragata.
Following up the Peace Bell, which the Japanese Government presented to
the UN Headquarters in New York, Tobe Art International Club (antecedent
of our organization) in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, started to develop an
international peace movement based on arts appreciation in conjunction
with a Japanese local government, and as a result, they donated a porcelain
globe, “The Blue Star of Life” to the European Headquarters of UN to commemorate
the fiftieth anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations in October
1995, and we, the present TBSL members, also participated in the ceremony
of presenting the monument in Geneva.
On the 55th anniversary of the Founding of UN in October 2000, we gathered
61 pebbles from the countries participating in Okinawa Summit and some
member states of UN and put them in the globe, praying for peace in the
world. The first and second ceremonies were held with the presence of the
director general of UN Office at Geneva, Mr. Vladimir Petrovsky and the
porcelain globe, “The Blue Star of Life,” is still placed in the lobby
adjacent to the Council Meeting Room used until recently for the meeting
of the Conference on Disarmament.
In October 2003, we established the Organizing Committee for The Blue
Star of Life (TBSL) in order to handle a project to gather small stones
from 191 countries, all member states of the United Nations, and put them
into the porcelain globe, marking the 60th anniversary of the Founding
of UN. TBSL aims at establishing "the grass-roots Nobel Prize (tentative
name)" as a supportive system for the youngsters who will practice
activities for international exchange and peace.
|CONTENTS OF PROJECT
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the U.N. foundation in 2005, the
organizing committee of TBSL proposes to pursue the follow up activities
in cooperation with various local autonomous bodies, NGO’s, youth organizations,
enterprises, schools etc., which are engaged in various aspects of international
exchange, in pursuit of true world peace based on "international understanding"
and "protection of world environment"
1. TBSL proposes to collect small pebbles from 191 member countries of the
United Nations through youth activities developed under the themes of “International
Understanding,” “Protection of World Environment” and “the World Peace.”
2. In the process of collecting pebbles, TBSL proposes to appeal for the “World
Peace” and “Environmental Preservation,” from person to person, from district
to district and from country to country.
3. TBSL intends to compile and publish its activities report so that the
people will share the thoughts and sentiments for peace and environment
of the world and deepen their sense of being global citizens.
4. In autumn, 2005, TBSL will place pebbles collected from all participants
together with the earnest desire for world peace and environmental protection,
in the “Blue Star of Life,” the giant porcelain globe, send a delegation
of participants to the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva
and participate in events of international exchange there.