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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets Yo-Yo Ma in Vienna during Day of Action / UN News

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Like a well-tuned orchestra, successful modern societies have a balance of diversity and culture, that is a source of "enormous richness, not a threat" said the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, speaking alongside UN Messenger of Peace, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the Austrian capital, Vienna. He was speaking against the backdrop of European Parliamentary elections in recent days, which showed a surge in support away from political parties in the centre ground, towards those espousing more nationalist and anti-immigrant policy platforms. 

Secretary-General António Guterres told those gathered for the Day of Action that it was particularly important "in the present debate in Europe" to adopt "a universal perspective for peace, for human dignity, for human rights" and the values enshrined in the UN Charter. "Societies today are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural. And that is a richness, not a threat". Like an orchestra featuring musicians from around the world, they need to practice to play harmoniously: "It is the same with society" he added.  PHOTO: Nikoleta Haffar

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