Stevie Wonder talks about reaching Higher Ground with peace mission

Singer Stevie Wonder, the United Nations Messenger of Peace, met with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday in New York – and talked about his mission.

The pair shook hands and posed for photos while Wonder joked that he used to be a cameraman.

"First of all, I am very happy to see you again," said Ban Ki-moon. "Thank you very much for presenting one of the most memorable concerts you have shown us on United Nations last year. I'm very grateful for your continued commitment to the cause of peace. In fact we learned a lot from your songs.

“I know that you said 'music is a world within itself,' a language we all understand and we are all inspired by your vision."

Wonder received the U.N. title in 2009 with a focus on helping those with disabilities.

"I just think that when your spirit is about love and about unity and really from the heart, more than the eye can see the spirit can feel that. So any way that I can continue as messenger of peace to perpetuate what the United Nations stands for and what your spirit is about, I'm there," said Wonder.

Other U.N. Messengers of Peace include Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, actors Michael Douglas and George Clooney, primate expert Jane Goodall and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Wonder is set to perform during next week's inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama.