"LONDON, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 15, the United Nations headquarters in New York will host 'The Roerich Pact. History and Modernity', an exhibition on the Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments, also known as the Roerich Pact.
It has been 80 years since the signing of the Roerich Pact, the first internationally recognised treaty that enshrined the idea that protecting cultural artifacts is more important than military necessity. To celebrate, the Pact, the first international treaty signed in the Oval Office, will go on display at the UN in an exhibition.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, underlined the exhibition's importance in his official letter: "This exhibition pays tribute to the groundbreaking Roerich Pact and bears witness to our determination to take its spirit forward.
I wish to thank the International Centre of the Roerichs for organizing this inspiring display. I appeal to governments and people everywhere to come together to safeguard our common heritage and humanity."
Graphic: The Banner of Peace
Source: by "PEACE through CULTURE" Europe
Statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General's message to exhibit organized by the Russian Mission on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Roerich Pact (Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments
New York, 15 April 2015
The Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments is 80 years old, but its message and goals have not aged a single day.
The Roerich Pact paved the way for an international framework to protect cultural property – in times of peace or times of war.
This framework includes the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols; the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention; and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which classifies deliberate attacks against historical monuments and buildings dedicated to education, art and sciences as war crimes in both international and domestic armed conflict.
The anniversary of the Roerich Pact is important because right now, across the world, we see cultural heritage and diversity being deliberately targeted and destroyed.