Message of The Secretary-General of the United Nations
MESSAGE TO MAHACHULALONGKORNRAJAVIDYALAYA UNIVERSITY ON THE OCCASION OF VESAK DAY
30 April 2012
I am pleased to send warm greetings to your celebration of the United Nations Day of Vesak. I thank the Government of Thailand and Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University for hosting this important commemoration.
Your theme, "The Buddha's Enlightenment for the Well-Being of Humanity" carries on the millennia-long Buddhist tradition of compassion and concern for others.
The United Nations continues to draw inspiration from the profound teachings of Buddhism. The Buddha's assertion that, "The way to change the world is to change the nature of man" offers a critical insight into how people around the world can and must work together to improve conditions for our planet and its inhabitants.
All of the major global threats we face, from the proliferation of deadly weapons to intolerance and inequality, challenge us to change many longstanding assumptions and open our minds to new ways of thinking and acting. Even natural disasters are exacerbated by human error and shortsightedness.
A new paradigm is especially necessary for our greatest imperative: sustainable development. In less than two months, the international community will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set the world on a more equitable and sustainable path of development. Buddhism has much to offer that process, too, and I hope your voices will be heard.
In that spirit, I offer you my best wishes for great success.