Posted: October 15, 1999
Former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Robert Muller will present his hopes for world peace through the education of children at CSUS Sunday, Oct. 24 in the University Union Redwood Room.
Muller, a driving force in the United Nations for 40 years, is the featured speaker at the United Nations Association Annual United Nations Day. The event will be from 2 to 5 p.m.
The event also will welcome the upcoming millennium and celebrate the Year of the Older Person. It is co-sponsored by CSUS and the Sacramento Chapter of the United Nations Association.
Known as "the father of global education" for peace, Muller is the chancellor of the University for Peace in Costa Rica.
An assistant to three secretary generals, Muller created a "world core curriculum" which earned him the UNESCO Peace Education Prize in 1989.
"I tell children that they can be the instruments to make sure the planet doesn't fall apart," Muller said in a 1997 Toronto Star article.
The diplomat extols seven main goals for peace throughout the world, including "to eradicate from the world all the poverty, miseries and errors engendered by power, greed and egotism."
His commitment to world peace perhaps is derived from personal experience. Born in 1923 and raised in the Alsace-Lorraine region in France, Muller experienced political and cultural turmoil as a youth.
Muller joined the French Resistance during World War II and at one point was a prisoner of war. In 1948, the future statesman's fate changed when he entered and won an essay contest on how to govern the world. The prize was an internship in the newly created United Nations Muller's experience with the horrors of war offered leaders of the world peace organization an important perspective.
"His reputation as an optimistic speaker is legendary," says Esther Franklin, a member of the Sacramento Chapter of United Nations Association and a board member of Sacramento's Educators for Social Responsibility. "It's hard not to be uplifted after hearing him speak."
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