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21 May 2024

The Secretary-General

Message on the Day of Vesak 

23 May 2024

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.  

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