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United Nations
Secretary-General | Statements and messages | 9 May 2024

Buddha’s timeless teachings of peace, compassion are pathway to better, more harmonious world, Secretary-General says in Day of Vesak Observance message

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the Day of Vesak, observed on 23 May:

Today, Buddhists across the globe celebrate Vesak Day, which marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.

Last October, I had the privilege of travelling to the Buddha’s birthplace of Lumbini, Nepal. This deeply inspiring visit re-affirmed my conviction that the Buddha’s timeless teachings of peace, compassion and service to others are the pathway to a better, more understanding and harmonious world for all.

Today and every day, let us be guided by the spirit of Vesak and by a renewed faith in what we can accomplish as a united human family. Let’s work as one to build a more peaceful and sustainable future.

Happy Vesak Day.

source: https://press.un.org/en/2024/sgsm22218.doc.htm

The name Vesak is derived from the Pali term vesākha or Sanskrit vaiśākha for the lunar month of Vaisakha, which is considered the month of Buddha's birth. | Wikipedia

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