|Project to Mark the 65th Anniversary
of the Foundation of the United Nations
on October 25th 2010 (confirmed)
ITINERARY for THE BLUE STAR OF LIFE
A Special Ceremony Featuring Statements by Students and Ambassadors in
“For Eternal World Peace and Environmental Conservation”
|Background and History of “The Blue Star of Life” Ceremonies
●Background of “The Blue Star of Life” porcelain vase
(1) During the G7 Summit in Tokyo in 1993, a white porcelain globe named
“The Star of Life” was displayed in the lobby of the hotel where the press
conference was held. It was created by Yasuhiko Shirakata, or ex-volunteer
of JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers), wishing for a more peaceful
world and a less polluted environment for everyone. The replica is now
placed in the lobby of a JOCV training center in Nihonmatsu, Japan.
(2) As the white globe was highly evaluated by many visitors who caught
sight of it, Mr. Shirakata’s hometown, Tobe in Ehime Prefecture, proposed
a project to create a new monument to pray for “World Peace” and “Conservation
of Environment ”. Mr.Shirakata, thus, produced a larger globe-shaped porcelain
vase in blue named “The Blue Star of Life”. It was chosen among many other
monuments proposed for the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of the United
Nations. It has been placed since then in the lobby adjacent to the room
for the Conference on Disarmament at the European Headquarter of the United
●First ceremony: October 20th, 1995 In the event to mark the 50th Anniversary
of the Foundation of The United Nations, a blue porcelain globe-shaped
vase named “The Blue Star of Life” was presented by courtesy of the Township
of Tobe, Ehime Prefecture, Japan, to the European Headquarters of the United
Pebbles from 54 states (collected by members in the field, Japan Overseas
Cooperation Volunteers) were put into the globe at the ceremony with the
presence of the director general of U.N. Office at Geneva, Mr. Vladimir
Petrovsky. Other attendants were officials of the European Headquarters
of the U.N. and international organizations, distinguished Japanese diplomats
in Geneva, some representatives from Nippon Club Geneva and a delegation
from Tobe, Ehime Prefecture in Japan.
●Second ceremony: June 15th, 2000
During the G7 Summit in Okinawa and Miyazaki, the ceremony took place to
celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Foundation of the United Nations.
Pebbles were gathered by diplomats from the capitals of the G7states. They
were placed in the globe by the director general of U.N. Office at Geneva,
Mr. Vladimir Petrovsky together with Japanese Ambassador to Geneva, Mr.
Haraguchi, and Nippon Club Geneva and a delegation from Japan.
●Third ceremony: October 24th, 2005
For the 60th Anniversary of the Foundation of the United Nations, pebbles
from 13 United Nation member states and eight former Prime Ministers in
Japan, as well as roof tiles exposed to radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
were placed in the porcelain globe by the director general of U.N. Office
at Geneva, Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze together with Japanese Ambassador to
Geneva, Mr. Fujisaki, Nippon Club Geneva and a Japanese delegation.
●Upcoming ceremony : October, 2010
|“The Blue Star of Life” ceremony to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of
the Foundation of the United Nations will be held in Geneva. About eight
student representatives including two Japanese will make statements about
“World Peace and Environmental Conservation” at the ceremony. The other
six students are to be selected from among Korea, China, Vietnam,
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia,
Philippine, or U.S.