KATHMANDU, 6 May — UN celebrated International Observance of the Day of Vesak on 6 May 2012 in the UN Conference Hall in association with the International Institute of Buddhist Studies Nepal.
The function was addressed by Mr. Axel Plathe, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Nepal, and Chairperson of the International Institute of Buddhist Studies Nepal Mr. Prem Lal Chitrakar and leading Nepalese Monks and Nuns.
Mr. Plathe highlighted the significance of the Day from UN’s perspective and read out UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s message of the Day. Some 150 people participated in the event.
This Day has been approved by UN General Assembly resolution acknowledging that the Day of Vesak, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May each year, be internationally recognized and, in particular, at United Nations Headquarters and other United Nations Offices, in recognition that the Day is the most sacred to Buddhists, who commemorate on that day, the birth of the Buddha, his attainment of enlightenment and his passing away.