His Excellency Heraldo
Muñoz ’72 is helping give peace a chance with a commemorative edition of
the John Lennon song “Give Peace a Chance.”
Lennon’s family announced in November they would donate net
profits from a 40th anniversary single to the United
Nations Peacebuilding Fund. Muñoz, the Chilean Ambassador to the United
Nations, heads the Peacebuilding Commission.
“I am delighted to see that a song so closely identified
with the pursuit of peace will shine a light on the United Nations’
peacebuilding efforts,” Muñoz said. "I would like to convoke all my fellow alumni to contribute to the UN
efforts to achieve peace by downloading from iTunes John Lennon’s fine
The song, written during John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969
honeymoon “bed-in” Vietnam War protest, will be sold exclusively on iTunes
through Dec. 31. It was most notably sung by about a half-million protesters
Nov. 15, 1969, in Washington,
An activist for social justice as a student at Oswego and in his native Chile, Muñoz has risen through the
diplomatic ranks to become a UN ambassador.
a student at SUNY Oswego, I engaged in protests for peace in the midst
of the Vietnam War, both on campus, in front of Culkin Hall, and in
town, even if this meant putting my foreign student visa at risk," Muñoz said. "Today, my commitment to peace continues and is being realized through
my role as chairman of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission."
The Peacebuilding Commission brings together international
leaders, banks and donors to assist in countries emerging from conflict. The
Peacebuilding Fund supports programs and projects designed to prevent violence
in those areas.
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