UN Secretary-General’s Video Message on the International Day of Nowruz

Nowruz marks new beginnings.

A “new day”.

A new year.

The arrival of spring and rebirth of nature.

For more than 300 million people around the world, it is a time for family and friends to come together, reflect on the past and look forward to a brighter future.

Nowruz is also a celebration of humanity’s rich cultural heritage and diversity.

And a chance – for all of us – to be guided by its values of peace, dialogue and solidarity:

To reaffirm our commitment to human rights and dignity;

To promote mutual respect and reconciliation;

To protect the planet and live in harmony with nature.

As we celebrate Nowruz, let us choose hope and compassion, embrace the opportunities that lie ahead, and work together to building a more peaceful, more sustainable and more inclusive world for all.

May this Nowruz bring you joy, good health and prosperity.