Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak

Commemorating the Lord Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Passing

VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2017

2017 - UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS

"On this Day of Vesak, let us celebrate the wisdom of Lord Buddha by taking action for others with a strong spirit of solidarity."

—— UN Secretary-General, António Guterres


VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2016

2016 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS AND VIDEO CLIPS


"Buddha taught us that nothing exists in isolation.

All phenomena in the universe exist within the context of mutually supportive relationships.

With this in mind, nothing exists without meaning."


—— General Assembly Vice-President, H.E. María Emma Mejía Vélez


International Vesak Day

May 20, 2016 
Remarks by General Assembly Vice-President, H.E. María Emma Mejía Vélez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, on behalf of President of the UN General Assembly His Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft at International Vesak Day

New York

http://www.un.org/pga/70/2016/05/20/international-vesak-day/


VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2015

2015 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


"I hope that the Nepalese people observing this holiday amid the rubble are able to take some measure of comfort from its message of human solidarity.

The spirit of Vesak can help to animate a global response to the challenges of our day."


—— UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon


1 June 2015

Secretary-General's message on the Day of Vesak [scroll down for French version]

New York


https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2015-06-01/secretary-generals-message-day-vesak-scroll-down-french-version


VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2014

2014 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


"Buddhism appeals to reason and freedom of thought, recognizing the inherent dignity of the human person and the human mind. It calls for equality and understanding, and its teachings and practices are equally accessible to all regardless of country, color, creed or gender. It was a great mind of science, Albert Einstein, who said [quote]. “If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”


—— H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly


Remarks by 

H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe
President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

New York 13 May 2014


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK


Microsoft Word - Int. Day of Vesak - 13 May


VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2013

2013 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


"Confronting the troubling problems facing our world is consonant with Buddhism."  


"Now more than ever, we need the spirit of non-violence to help inspire peace and quell conflict."


—— UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon


24 May 2013

Secretary-General's message on Vesak Day

New York

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2013-05-24/secretary-generals-message-vesak-day


VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2012

2012 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS

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VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2011

2011 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


'The Secretary-General said that while this year’s theme to the Day of Vesak, socio-economic development, may sound modern, “its core is the very problem of human suffering” that Siddhartha Gautama [Buddha] sought to address more than 2,500 years ago when he left his palace, relinquished his worldly possessions and went out in the world.”


General Assembly marks day honouring Buddha and his teachings

New York


16-May-2011 00:01:21
As millions of people worldwide observe the 2,600 anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the spiritual leader's teaching on the need for compassion and solidarity with those less fortunate. UNTV
New York

VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2010

2010 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


"The theme for this year, “Global Recovery: the Buddhist Perspective”, speaks to the heart of global concerns at a time of multiple crises.  When the economic and financial crisis hit, the poor suffered first and worst.  They will take longest to recover.  At the time, I urged world leaders to act in unison for the common good.  Their synchronized response and the efforts of the United Nations helped to avoid a worse crisis.  Valuable lessons were learned that are guiding our response as the fallout continues."


—— UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon


Secretary-General, in Message for Day of Vesak, Says Theme Speaks to Global Concerns amid Multiple Crises

New York

https://www.un.org/press/en/2010/sgsm12890.doc.htm


VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2009

2009 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


"As I walked through the sacred area, I thought about the life journey of this extraordinary individual, who transformed himself from a sheltered prince to the founder of one of the world's great religions." 


"He was rich. He could have lived a carefree existence. But he was troubled by the suffering of others, so much so that he left behind the comforts of his palace to help others overcome the painful realities of life."


—— UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon


9 May 2009 

Secretary-General Message on the Day of Vesak

New York


"All of us can learn from the Buddha's spirit of compassion. His timeless teachings can help us to navigate the many global problems we face today."

—— UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon

15 May 2009
Secretary-General's remarks at commemoration of the Day of Vesak
New York

VESAK MESSAGE - UNITED NATIONS - 2008

2008 - UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF VESAK - MESSAGES, NEWS ITEMS, AND VIDEO CLIPS


"Vesak is a time for all Buddhists to reflect on the fundamental values of tolerance, compassion and service to humanity that are embodied in the Buddha's life and teachings. These values are echoed in the Charter of the United Nations, a promise by Member States to work in harmony for a world where women and men can thrive and prosper in peace and dignity."


—— UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon


28 May 2010

Secretary-General's message on the Day of Vesak

New York


UNITED NATIONS - RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - 2000 
54/115. International recognition of the Day of Vesak at United Nations 

General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL

A/RES/54/115
8 February 2000


Fifty-fourth session Agenda item 174


RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

[without reference to a Main Committee (A/54/L.59 and Add.1)]


54/115. International recognition of the Day of Vesak at United Nations


Headquarters and other United Nations offices


The General Assembly,


Acknowledging the hope expressed by the International Buddhist Conference, held in Sri Lanka in November 1998, that the Day of Vesak, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May each year, be recognized internationally and, in particular, at United Nations Headquarters and other United Nations offices,

Recognizing that the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May each year is the day most sacred to Buddhists, who commemorate on that day the birth of the Buddha, his attainment of enlightenment and his passing away,


Considering that international recognition at United Nations Headquarters and other United Nations offices would constitute acknowledgement of the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity,

Resolves that, without cost to the United Nations, appropriate arrangements shall be made for international observances of the Day of Vesak at United Nations Headquarters and other United Nations offices, in consultation with the relevant United Nations offices and with permanent missions that also wish to be consulted.


UNITED NATIONS

General Assembly


Distr. GENERAL

Fifty-fourth session Agenda item 174


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RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY


79th plenary meeting


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15 December 1999