of the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN, Mrs. Aksoltan Ataeva
at the special event on the occasion of the International Day of Nowruz
(21 March, General Assembly Hall)
Ladies and gentlemen,
For thousands of years people around the world are celebrating Nowruz, the vernal equinox - March 21, as the beginning of a new agricultural cycle.
In the modern era, this phenomenon of nature is filling with a new content, as an integral part of the world cultural heritage, having an international status. Since 2010 as a result of our efforts, this day is celebrated by millions of people around the world as the International Day.
Nowruz has become a universal festival, which embodied the natural basis, the historical background and rich spiritual traditions. Ancient Nowruz is an integral part of the values cherished by all nations, - peace, friendship, good neighborhood, welfare, prosperity, love of nature. This is an international and humane significance of Nowruz, its unifying principle, designed to strengthen the bonds of friendship.
These values and principles for centuries formed the basis of the mentality of the Turkmen people and they have found a worthy embodiment of the policy of Independent Turkmenistan.
That is the reason why this year Turkmenistan will bring the leaders from different countries to celebrate Nowruz in the city of Ashgabat as an international event.
We must strive to ensure that the special meaning of Nowruz - its collegiality, the spirit of unity and consolidation - more and more are reflected in the foreign policy of our countries to expand international cooperation and joint efforts of the international community in addressing the global challenges of our time, the preservation of peace in the planet, promoting democratic values in society, the development of inter-ethnic dialogue, preservation and protection of the natural environment.
Nowruz is a global phenomenon, going beyond its geographical borders and spread throughout the world, as if the life-giving sun.
Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak!