On June 21, 2004 the United Nations held an all-day Conference at its headquarters in New York City on UNLEARNING INTOLERANCE. Swami Adiswarananda, Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York was invited to join a number of distinguished participants in speaking on the subject of “Education for Tolerance and Understanding.” Attending the Conference were more than 500 specially invited persons representing various delegations and departments of the United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the United Nations and delegates from other organizations specifically interested in the area of combating intolerance of every kind. The Conference was convened by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Shashi Tharoor.
The Conference was opened by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, followed by a keynote address by Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Elie Wiesel. Then, as moderator of the program, Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor introduced each of the distinguished participants who presented their remarks on the subject of “Unlearning Intolerance.”
The Conference was also simultaneously webcast over the internet by the United Nations and the complete conference will remain available on the website archives of the United Nations (www.un.org/webcast/2004/html).
Swami Adiswarananda and other Conference participants
interviewed on nation-wide Public Broadcasting System News Program
On the day following the United Nations Conference, Swami Adiswarananda and three of the Conference participants were invited to appear for an interview on “The Charlie Rose Show,” a popular, nation-wide news interview program of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), to discuss the United Nations Conference and some of its highlights. Participating with Swami on the program were, Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Elie Wiesel, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman, and Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Edward Mortimer.