United Nations Secretary-General’s video message on Beginning of Ramadan 2023

Secretary-General Urges ‘Peace, Mutual Respect, Solidarity’, in Message Marking Beginning of Ramadan Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the beginning of Ramadan, on 22 March:

I send my warmest wishes as Muslims around the world begin observing the holy month of Ramadan.

This is a moment of reflection and learning. A time to come together in a spirit of understanding and compassion, bound by our common humanity.

That is also the mission of the United Nations — to foster dialogue, unity and peace. In these challenging times, my thoughts are with those facing conflict, displacement and suffering.

I join everyone observing Ramadan to call for peace, mutual respect and solidarity.

Let us take inspiration from this holy month and build a more just and equitable world for all. Ramadan Kareem.