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Message of Greeting from the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner. 09.01.2004

I’m very happy that the first stop of the “United Buddy Bears“ world tour is Kitzbuehel and that the exhibition is going to stay in the wintry Austrian landscape for a few weeks. In Berlin the bears have become a symbol of a colourful, multi-faceted world and at the same time represent international understanding, tolerance and a peaceful coexistence. Not only being of symbolic value, the “bear idea” has also generated significant amounts of money in auctions and donation campaigns in aid of UNICEF. This has also been a contribution to creating a more peaceful world.

Within four months the circle of bears that will now be shown in the Tyrolean mountains attracted over half a million visitors to the exhibition site next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. I wish the exhibition a lot of success with the international audience in Kitzbuehel and for its other stops on the world tour. I hope that the idea of peaceful coexistence and tolerance represented by the Buddy Bears will come across on this global tour.

Message of Greeting by the Mayor of Kitzbuehel, Dr. Horst Wendling.

UNICEF and the Buddy Bears Berlin and Kitzbuehel. At the Centre Court of Kitzbuehel the 120 upright bears symbolically join their paws to demonstrate solidarity, tolerance and international understanding.

Our city Kitzbuehel is the first destination of the world tour that starts in 2004. In April the circle of bears will be installed at the Millennium Monument in Beijing. Afterwards it will travel to Shanghai to demonstrate tolerance and friendship among nations. Other countries, such as Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Iran, Jordan, Russia, Japan and the United States might be welcoming the bears and by doing so promote the concept of international understanding. The Berlin Buddys represent a city characterized by diversity and cosmopolitanism.

I would like to thank UNICEF and the initiators, Eva und Klaus Herlitz, and I’m looking forward to the 120 Ambassador-Buddys from Berlin and to “beary” times in Kitzbuehel!

 
 

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