All we are saying is… assist countries emerging from conflict to achieve sustainable peace in a coordinated manner!

A press release from the UN…

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate the unifying spirit and 40th anniversary of the Plastic Ono Band’s universal anthem, “Give Peace a Chance,” Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Julian Lennon have partnered with EMI Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing to donate net proceeds from the sale of a commemorative 40th Anniversary digital single to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). Beginning today, iTunes will exclusively offer the single’s special anniversary edition for download purchase, with net proceeds benefiting the PBF through December 31.

Says Yoko Ono, “I am thrilled that so many in the music business are readily supporting ‘Give Peace a Chance’ on its 40th anniversary. It is indeed a time when we are all getting more aware of the necessity of doing something to achieve world peace, no matter how small. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel deeply that we are all one, regardless of where we stand.”

“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 and financially support PBF projects,” the Chairperson of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Heraldo Munoz of Chile said.

Thank you, Yoko (thrice over). Just in case any pop pickers are not fully informed about the groovy activities of the PBC, the press release explains:

The PBC and the PBF were established after the 2005 World Summit to create mechanisms to assist national authorities in post-conflict countries build sustainable peace. The PBC is an intergovernmental body that brings together relevant actors, including donors, Member States, international financial institutions (such as the World Bank) and national governments. By creating this broad platform, the PBC plays a key role in ensuring that the international community can assist countries emerging from conflict to achieve sustainable peace in a coordinated manner.

So, not to be confused with the artiste’s Peace Tower, a beam of light that shines over Rekjavik every year to commemorate John Lennon’s death:

Imagine all the people, coordinating life in sustainable peace…