In partnership with the World Health Organization presents HEALTHY HEARTS, HEALTHY HOMES A virtual concert in honour of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development 


Produced in association with

Classical music is central to world sports history. It is played everywhere, from the opening of every FIFA World Cup, to Formula 1 Races, the Olympics, and Ice Skating among others. This concert celebrates this long-standing but little-known marriage. Music, art and sports will be crucial to maintaining our physical and mental health in the times ahead.

We will need all our strength as we consider and prepare for how we must rebuild the world better when the coronavirus pandemic ends.  The United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development in 2013 to recognize sports’ contributions to the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.  Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.

All musicians will perform chamber ensemble music from the safety of their homes, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Thursday, 9 April 2020


Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization

Dani Alves
Professional Athlete – Captain of São Paulo FC and the Brazilian National Soccer Team

David Alaba
Professional Athlete – FC Bayern Munich and Austrian National Soccer Team

UN Chamber Music Society
of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council
Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director

Music Programme

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THIRD UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) to discuss Global Policing Challenges and the Way Forward

The third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS 2020) will bring together Ministers, Chiefs of Police and senior representatives of regional and professional policing organizations to United Nations Headquarters from 18 to 19 June 2020 to discuss and contextualize the role of the United Nations Police as an enabler for Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNCOPS 2020 will advance a common understanding among current and potential police and financial contributors, the United Nations Secretariat and United Nations system entities of what the United Nations Police require to achieve their diverse and complex mandated tasks, including protecting civilians, rebuilding national police services, preventing crime and conflict, and sustaining peace.

In particular, discussions will focus on identifying approaches and practices to: operationalize the United Nations Police Division’s role as a system-wide service provider and focal point for United Nations policing and other law enforcement matters;
reinforce ongoing efforts to enhance the performance of United Nations Police by strengthening capacities, including the launch of the Voluntary Compact on Advancing Gender Parity within the United Nations Police; and
integrate United Nations policing priorities in international peace and security processes, discussions and fora.

UNCOPS 2020 will also offer a unique opportunity for the world’s police executives and United Nations leadership to engage in discussions on how United Nations policing and national policing mutually reinforce one another when addressing current and emerging global security challenges, including man-made and natural crises and incidents.

Police leaders will come away with a greater understanding of how the skills, knowledge and experience acquired by their national officers returning from United Nations service benefit their own policing services and populations.

Member States will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the United Nations Police through concrete pledges of support. Official invitations will be sent out to Permanent Missions to the United Nations in early 2020. For additional information, please contact the Police Division Focal Points, Mr. Ata Yenigun ( and Ms. Julia Goehsing-Mellinghoff (