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Yoko Ono Shows her Support for Autism Speaks at the United Nations

April 03, 2009

Yoko Ono speaks at the unveiling of her work PROMISE, seen at right

Today at the United Nations, Yoko Ono unveiled PROMISE, a unique piece of art created especially for World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and Autism Speaks. The mural consists of 67 pieces that will be broken apart and auctioned off individually. With each winning bid comes the promise that when the cure for autism is finally found, all the pieces will be reassembled for a day. The number of pieces represents the approximately 67 million people around the world who are affected by autism.

PROMISE symbolizes the coming together of society around people with autism and the unfinished work of the world in finding the causes and cure for autism. “I am a proud partner with Autism Speaks in promoting awareness and advocacy for children with autism,” said Ms. Ono. “World Autism Awareness Day is not only a day to raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, but also to celebrate another big step towards healing our world.”

At the unveiling event, attendees heard remarks from H.E. Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations and sponsor of the Art Exhibit unveiling, as well as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Department of Public Information, H.E. Kiyo Akasaka. Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright thanked Ms. Ono for participating in WAAD and for her support of Autism Speaks and families around the world. “Our deepest gratitude goes to Yoko for all her efforts on behalf of our families,” said Suzanne Wright. “This piece projects hope and the funds raised will help to solve the puzzle.”

The pieces of PROMISE will be posted on for auction. With a starting bid of only $1,000, you can own a piece of history and help fund research into the causes, effective treatments and eventual cure for autism.

Yoko Ono with PROMISE Piece

From left, Bob and Suzanne Wright with grandson Mattias, Holly Robinson Peete, Pamela Muñoz, Heraldo Muñoz, Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations, and Yoko Ono

On Friday, April 3, Yoko Ono appeared on NBC's Today Show to discuss the work and her involvement with World Autism Awareness Day. Watch the segment below.