The ceremony for the opening of the Arts, Peace and Sustainable Development Conference was held with the participation of the Netherlands Ambassador and Head of the United Nations Information Center at the Palace of the Palace Museum, in order to become familiar with the importance of world peace in today's world and its impact on preventing catastrophic wars.
According to the reports of the Communication Center and Public Relations, Jacques Werner, the Dutch ambassador, stating that “Art” has a significant role in advising on the horrors of war, said: “City of the Hague is the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Iran, because of its painful experience of the chemical attack is familiar with this organization and, unfortunately, even after 30 years since the Iran-Iraq war, we still need such institutions”.
Dutch ambassador, Jacques Werner, referring to the role of art and artists in informing the various strata of the society about the terrible disaster of the war, added: “Works of artists are often of great durability and far more influential than thousands of articles in the newspapers, and precisely because of the courageous photographers and artists Working in hazardous conditions to show the violence of war to the world”.
Pointing out that the photos we see from Syria, Gaza and Yemen are horrific and often depict cruelty, which is not part of the clamor, he said: “By displaying these images, the photographers make us see the bitter realities of war. Make us go hand in hand and find a way to end the conflicts”.
The head of the United Nations Information Center, Dr. Dutzenko, said that the achievement of peace requires more than the abandonment of weapons.
Referring to the proposal by the president of Islamic Republic of Iran entitled “The World against Violence and Violent Extremism”, he said, “Iran is the cradle of civilization with its arts, poetry and rich culture. The Iranian concept of dialogue among civilizations in the international community was very influential and important”.
Expressing the need to pay close attention to the close relationship among cultural diversity, dialogue, sustainable development, security and peace, Dutzenko added that: “The United Nations’ ability depends on its member states, and Iran with its ancient history, cultural and ethnic diversity and the young population plays an important role in the region and the world in promoting peace. Initiatives and actions of Iran deserve more recognition in the region and in the world”.
Accordingly, the second round of the series of “Art for Peace” conferences with the support of Bank Shahr with the presence of the Dutch ambassador in our country, the head of the United Nations Information Center, the directors of Tehran Municipality, the representative of the Cultural Institute of Echo, the representative of the Surah University, students and the general public of the field of art and peace, is taking place at the garden of the Tehran Palace Museum.