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4 May 2023

The Secretary-General

Message on the Day of Vesak, The Day of the Full Moon

5 May 2023

I send my warmest wishes to the millions around the world celebrating the Day of Vesak, which marks the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha.

The ideals celebrated on this sacred day have a deep resonance with the goals of our United Nations: understanding among peoples, the pursuit of harmony, the promotion of peace.

At this time of strife, the Buddha’s teachings of tolerance, compassion, and service to humanity are a source of solace and strength.

As we navigate the path to a better future, let us seize the spirit of Vesak.

Let us reach out to bridge differences, rise above narrow self-interest, and work together in solidarity for a more peaceful world for all.

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