My contribution to world peace may be small, but I will have given all I can to an ideal I hold sacred.

The Pau Casals Chair is a project in agreement between the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Pau Casals Foundation with the aim of promoting contemporary research, knowledge, dissemination and debate on the musical and humanistic dimension of Pablo Casals and his extraordinary legacy, as well as the values he defended throughout his life. A Chair to promote the commitment of culture and music to the major problems of today’s society, to bring together people, researchers and artists. A space for reflection and research on the role of music in intercultural dialogue and institutions that defend human rights and multilateralism for a better world.

The Chair has two central areas of action:

  1. The musical legacy of Pablo Casals, total musician: performer, conductor and composer.
  2. The humanistic legacy of Pablo Casals and the contemporary reading of the defence of peace, democracy and human rights.

The “Pau Casals UNESCO Chair for the music, defence of peace and human rights” has been recognized in 2024 by UNESCO, within the framework of the UNESCO/UNITWIN program. This recognition is related to the interest of the project, the importance of the musical and human legacy of Pablo Casals, which also relates the great historical link with the UN. Pablo Casals was invited on four occasions, was commissioned to compose the United Nations Peace Hymn, and in 1971, the General Secretary U-Than awarded him with the United Nations Peace Medal.