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Auroville's 40th anniversary celebrated at UNESCO

Mr. Arjun Singh on Auroville in UNESCO

Exhibition at UNESCO, April '03

UNESCO Director-General unveils the bronze statue of Sri Aurobindo –
great philosopher, savant and spiritualist from India


A specially composed music suite was performed on the occasion

(from the UNESCO website)


On 16 September 2009, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO joined Mr Rameshwar Pal Agrawal the Secretary for Education of the Government of India and Dr Karan Singh, Chairman of the Auroville Foundation, to unveil the bronze statue of Sri Aurobindo, recently installed at UNESCO's Headquarters premises.



Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, India 's representative to the Executive Board and Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee also participated in the ceremony.

Observing that the crises that the world is traversing are not only economic and financial, but moral, ethical, and spiritual, Mr Matsuura said that “The teachings of Sri Aurobindo, who will forever be associated with the founding of Auroville, the unique international township founded as a place where people from different cultural, educational and political backgrounds could work together towards their common goal of human unity and sustainable living, resonate particularly strongly as we search for long-term solutions”. “It is therefore very fitting that this monumental sculpture by a member of the Auroville community, Mr Lalit Verma, should find a home in this House of Dialogue”, he continued.

Praising the strong cooperation between India and the Organization, the Director-General addressed his guests and commented that “Your collective presence, and the installation of this statue at UNESCO's Headquarters, are apt symbols of the strong cooperation between India and UNESCO in our work to build a more just and sustainable world”.



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Auroville at U N Sep '99

European Union

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