UN Secretary-General's Remarks at Commemoration of the International Day of Nowruz

Monday, March 21, 2016

Secretary-General's remarks at commemoration of the International Day of Nowruz
New York, 21 March 2016

Happy Nowruz, everyone!

This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate together.

Today we join hundreds of millions of people around the world marking Nowruz.

Everyone can take inspiration from this joyous holiday. It is part of our global cultural heritage.

Nowruz is an ancient celebration that predates today’s borders and divisions. It is a reminder that national boundaries, religious faiths and other superficial differences are not as important as our common humanity.

In that way, Nowruz breaks down barriers and builds bonds of trust.

The United Nations is proud to mark this holiday because it stands for many of our values: solidarity, friendly relations and respect for the environment.

The Spring Equinox is celebrated in many ways across many cultures as a new dawn. Nowruz is renewal.

This year’s commemoration comes at an important time for our world.

We are at the start of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – our plan to achieve dignity for all people – as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.

To rise to this moment in history, we have to come together as one human family.

That means embracing our differences and combining our strengths.

Families celebrating Nowruz have a huge range of traditions – with fire, foods, green shoots and other rituals. In this rich variety, there is a shared sense of new beginnings.

Nowruz is a perfect example of unity in diversity.

Let us take inspiration from this meaningful holiday to make a fresh start on our journey to a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

Thank you.

Statement by H.E. Dr. Ali Khoshroo Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UnitedNations on the Occasion of Nowruz
(ECOSOC Chamber, 21 March2016)

Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Mr. Secretary General,

Distinguished Ambassadors,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nowruz is a comprehensive cultural and social system which reflects joyfulness, togetherness, caring of nature, cultivation of soul and soil, moderation and compassion, and cleaning and caring of home and self. It heralds hope, happiness, light, life and love!

The beauty of Nowruz rests in the way that it links human being with nature. It calls for harmony with nature and respect for environment. Raising awareness on the environment and its protection is an integral part of Nowruz; and such opportunity needs to be appreciated in our common endeavor towards achieving sustainable development goals or SDGs.

Meanwhile, this aged celebrated festivity has another pleasant face. It stirs common sentiments of humanity and urges solidarity among people regardless of all seemingly divisive racial, ethnic, economic and political factors. It still connects and unifies nations in a way that no other means can do. In one word it promotes the culture of peace.

The narrative of Nowruz is based on moderation; moderation in the length of day and night; moderation in the way that human being should live. In fact, in a world filled with radicalism and extremism, ravaged by monsters of terrorism, war, death and destruction, Nowruz carries the messages of peace and reconciliation.

Following the footsteps of our ancestors, in these moments which correspond with the commencement of the first day of creation, we also celebrate this joyful occasion that calls for respect to nature and environment as well as friendship and cooperation among our nations. We praise Nowruz for the opportunity it offers to us to demonstrate the true beauties of togetherness, peace, friendship and solidarity among our peoples.

Let us pray that peace and righteousness prevail in the world. May God grants you and your beloved ones all the joy, happiness and prosperity you deserve.

Happy spring, Nowruz Mubarak.

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