Yoko Ono to donate all proceeds from iTunes downloads of Give Peace a Chance to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission from now until the end of the year.
Yoko Ono and sons have decided to give the Peacebuilding Commission a chance from now until the end of the year. The family has partnered with EMI Music and Sony/ATV, donating the net proceeds from downloads of Give Peace a Chance’s re-release to the Peacebuilding Fund. The song is exclusively available for download on iTunes.
Written in 1969 during the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s honeymoon bed-in, when a reporter asked what the couple was trying to achieve from the stunt, Lennon replied, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” The song, which became an anthem for the antiwar movement, was produced soon after.
The Peacebuilding Commission supports countries, who are emerging from conflict, establish lasting peace during the critical time. Heraldo Muñez, chairman of the commission, says the PBC also helps to draw attention to post-conflict countries.
Muñez: Generally, when the TV cameras leave a conflict. When the blue helmets also leave after a peace agreement is signed, that doesn’t mean that peace will be sustainable over time. And often the fractures, be it political, ethnic, economic, reemerge and many of these countries relapse into conflict.
Muñez says that one in three conflicts brought to the Security Council relapse after a peace is reached. It is the goal of the Commission to heal these fractures.
The proceeds of the download will go to the Peacebuilding Fund which allows for rapid and targeted programs in countries where other funding is not available.
To give sustainable peace a chance, go to iTunes and download Give Peace a Chance.
For United Nations Radio, I’m Chelsea Moore
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