You will see better photos by clicking the World Peace Bell site above and here.
The words on the plaque are:
World Peace Bell Association - President Tomijiro Yoshida
The World Peace Bell is made from coins and medals donated by 103 countries around the world which have been mixed with copper and is a symbol of peace which gives the impression that the world is one. The aim of the Association is to install the World Peace Bells in capitals of various countries and ring the Bells in the entire world so as to promote the mutual understanding which transcends national boundaries and make contribution to the cause of world peace.
The World Peace Bell which stands in the courtyard of the United Nations headquarters in New York is rung annually by the UN Secretary General in prayer for peace on the occasion of the opening of the UN General Assembly. The following is a list of those who have offered co-operation to the Association by donating funds to it for the making of this World Peace Bell.
The story behind the World Peace Bells is inspiring and well worth reading. Link once again here.
We wondered if Helen Clarke will one day ring the UN Bell!