Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres stressed the need for maintaining solidarity among different generations and nations so that we can start to “see light at the end of the tunnel.”
The UN chief made the remarks in a message on Friday on the eve of the International Day of Norouz which marks the first day of spring and also the beginning of the Iranian calendar year (1400) on March 21.
The occasion is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.
“As the world comes together to defeat COVID-19, Norouz serves as an inspiration to recover and rebuild in a more just and durable way, in harmony with nature,” Guterres said offering “my best wishes to everyone marking Norouz.”
Noting that this year’s Norouz spirit “is more vital than ever,” the UN chief stressed, “Solidarity between communities and generations is more crucial than ever.”
He said the UN “promise in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind is more essential than ever.”
“Today, we can start to see light at the end of the tunnel.”
The UN chief concluded his message by wishing Norouz will “advance happiness, health and harmony to all.”
Source: UNIC - Tehran