• World Harmony Run

    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

  • 1,000,000 Participants

    Across 6 Continents
    1,000,000 Participants

  • Dreaming of a more harmonious world

    100 countries
    Dreaming of Harmony

  • Schools And Kids

    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

  • Sri Chinmoy: World Harmony Run Founder

    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

  • Carl Lewis: World Harmony Run Spokesman

    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

  • New York, USA

    New York

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    Great Britain

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  • Around Australia

    15,000 kms, 100 days
    Around Australia

  • Around Ireland

    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    New Zealand

  • Arjang, Norway


  • Rekjavik, Iceland


  • Beijing, China


  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Belgrade, Serbia


  • Lake Biwa, Japan

    Lake Biwa

  • Kapsait, Ethiopia


  • Pangkor Island, Malaysia

    Pangkor Island

  • Bali, Indonesia


  • The All Blacks, New Zealand

    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

Conclusion of 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures IYRC - 11 March 2011

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On 11 March, World Harmony team members attended the UNESCO event at the UN in NY to mark the conclusion of 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures IYRC, which was dedicated to bridging the gulf between the world's various cultures and was supported by WHR in runs through many countries throughout the year.)

The Forum: "BUILDING PEACE: RECONCILIATION THROUGH THE POWER OF EDUCATION, HE SCIENCES, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION" was organized on the occasion of the meeting of the UNESCO High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures, and also marked the conclusion of the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

There were over 20 panel members and many additional audience members had opportunities to ask questions and offer short statements.

Mr.Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that "Bridges were built that I hope will be reinforced in the years ahead ...the imperative remains: building a sustainable future underpinned by human solidarity and universal values."

The closing ceremonies coincided with a meeting of the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures, set up last year by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to chart new avenues for peace and promote cultural diversity in a globalized world.

"Reconciliation is one of the great challenges of this early century," Ms. Bokova told the closing ceremony. "We must work against forces that fragment human society and strengthen values and aspirations that are common to all.

These statement brought to mind a similar forward looking theme in the message received by WHR in January from the President of the UNESCO General Conference, Davidson Hepburn. A video excerpt of the message had recently become available http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/beyond2011 and on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j--SW_eMzb0

One member of the High level panel is former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio, Mr. Ban's High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative launched in 2005 by Spain and Turkey under UN auspices to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide. Mr. Sampaio highlighted cooperation, partnership and coordination as key to progress on rapprochement He said. "We should consolidate and work together to reconcile cultural diversity and social cohesion. "Cultural diversity should be seen as a resource for sustainable development," he added, stressing the role youth has to play on the issue.
More at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37747

One of the most striking things about this event were the number of different people who came together from so many different organizations which share similar goals of the World Harmony Run. They all strive in so many different and unique ways to ultimately bring more sustainable peace and harmony to the world.
Below we also provide :

A. Programme for marking Conclusion IYRC and First Decade for a Culture of Peace - with bios

Program available to participants attending event gives some additional background, a longer message by the Director General of UNESCO and photos with biographical information on some other panel members.

B. Some short statements from informal notes of the meeting and cell photos from conference room.

B. Short statements based on informal notes from some meeting participants and a few cell photos. (These quick impressionistic notes touch on a few of many ideas and sentiments expressed). Links to be added as other reports become available

C. Legacies of Peace of Dr. Robert G. Muller (1923 - 2010); former UN Assistant S-G, Chancellor University for Peace

Midday Programme 11 mar 2011 in honour and Memory of Dr. Robert G. Muller (1923 - 2010), former Assistant S-G, Chancellor of the University for Peace. WHR members attended and the founder of the run, Sri Chinmoy's songs in Honour of Dr. Muller performed.

D. Special World Harmony Run Events, Messages, Videos and Examples during IYRC

Examples of events during IYRC, Special messages and utube videos, Highlights of a few Special All day events such as: Hungry - in May; USA - Chicago, Asia-European conclusion in Moscow; Adventure in Zambia; New York 20 Summer Camps...