Irans Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Gholamali Khoshroo said that Norouz message to our crisis-ridden world is more relevant than ever, running counter to forces of extremism, hostility, darkness and destruction.
Addressing a ceremony commemorating the advent of Norouz at UN Khoshroo said: "We celebrate Norouz in the United Nations in order to explore and promote the many synergies we find between Norouz concepts and those of the United Nations."
The full text of his address follows:
Norouz with all its concepts, customs and rituals is much more than a date marketed in our calendars. It is a "cultural perception" that brings hope, peace and prosperity to millions of people around the globe, regardless of their ethnicity, political or religious view.
It celebrates moderation, friendship, light and life.
So its message to our crisis-ridden world is more relevant than ever, running counter to forces of extremism, hostility, darkness and destruction.
From the time that Norouz was established in the land of Persia and during all these long centuries that Iran has been melting pot for civilizations and ethnicities, up to now, Norouz has served as the common language for over hundreds million people all around the world. It represents an intangible cultural heritage of humanity as recognized by UNESCO in September 2009.
We celebrate Norouz in the United Nations in order to explore and promote the many synergies we find between Norouz concepts and those of the United Nations. It is a nice coincidence between Norouz celebration and CSW session. Women play the greatest role in celebrating Norouz; they have been the main protector of this valuable cultural heritage transmitting if from one generation to the next.
At a time when fundamental human values such as cultural diversity, peace, and conciliation, good neighborliness and life in harmony with nature and protection of environment are under constant danger, more than ever, we need to respect and salute Norouz.
The rich culture of Norouz and deep sprit of spring has flown all over the world and all through history and it can never, ever be stopped by any travel ban!!