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    UNIS/SGSM/931
    16 May 2019

    The Secretary-General

    Message on the Day of Vesak

    17 May 2019

    I extend best wishes to all celebrating Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions around the world.

    On this date marking the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, all of us, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, can reflect on his life and draw inspiration from his teachings.

    In a time of growing intolerance and inequality, the Buddha's message of non-violence and service to others is more relevant than ever.

    On the Day of Vesak, let us renew our commitment to building a world of peace and dignity for all.

    Thank you.

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