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UN Secretary General addressed to the nations on Novruz Holiday

Politics Materials 20 March 2012 02:28 (UTC +04:00)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed to the world's nations on the Novruz Holiday on Monday.
UN Secretary General addressed to the nations on Novruz Holiday

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 20 / Trend /

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed to the world's nations on the Novruz Holiday on Monday.

"For three thousand years of world history and for three hundred million people today, Novruz unites regions and nationalities, religions and languages to share in the renewal of life on the first day of Spring", the UN Azerbaijani representation's message that Trend received today says.

The message says that "Novruz is a day for family and friends, for festive meals, for dancing and singing. It is a day to celebrate the value of mutual respect and the aspiration for harmony held by all societies. It is a moment for cleansing and rebirth, an opportunity to renew wishes of peace and goodwill".

"Each Nowruz showcases the world's diversity and offers an opportunity for deepening the ties that bind us all together. This is why Novruz was recently added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The shared effort behind that step also led the United Nations General Assembly to declare 21 March as the International Day of Novruz", said in the statement.

The statement underlines that at a time of global change and uncertainty, including in many regions where Novruz is celebrated, the message of peace that lies at the core of this observance is especially important. "My thoughts are with those communities observing Novruz under difficult circumstances. This holiday is a reminder that we share a common fate and must work for a better future for all", said in a document.

"Let us join forces to celebrate the rebirth of life and express our commitment to building a safer, more peaceful and just global community. This is the promise of Novruz - and our task together throughout the year", the message says.

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