SECRETARY-GENERAL’S MESSAGE ON THE DAY OF VESAK
New York, 26 May 2021
I send my warmest greetings to Buddhists all over the world on Vesak, when we honour the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha. Today, we recognize the contributions Buddhism has made to human spirituality and culture for more than two and a half millennia.
All of us, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, can find inspiration in the Buddha’s message of honesty, compassion and respect for all living things. As we face the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clearer than ever that humility and deep empathy are essential to our wellbeing and that of our planet.
On this Day of Vesak, let’s resolve to build lives of peace and dignity for all on a healthy planet.