Aishwarya Rai Bachchan visited the UN headquarters in New York on September 21, to participate in the world body’s annual ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace.
She met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Messengers of Peace actor Michael Douglas, British anthropologist Jane Goodall, Jewish-American writer and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and American actress and singer Monique Coleman. She also has meetings lined up next week with Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe.
She later participated in a panel discussion attended by students from across the country on the theme of ‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.’
Addressing the large gathering of students, Bachchan said she herself felt like a ‘student’ as she begins her association with the UN which could see her working with the world body on pressing issues of health and AIDS.
Sharing a lesson she learnt from her father, Bachchan urged students to let go of their egos and and recognise “that it is about we and us and not I.”
She concluded her address with the Sanskrit shloka ‘Om Shanti’ noting that peace is not just a word but a “divine manifestation which we have to give birth to within ourselves.”
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