Breadcrumb Home / Resources / Videos / UN Secretary-General's Video Message on the International Day of Nowruz Video UN Secretary-General's Video Message on the International Day of Nowruz 21 March 2023 Nowruz marks new beginnings. A “new day”. A new year. The arrival of spring and rebirth of nature. For more than 300 million people around the world, it is a time for family and friends to come together, reflect on the past and look forward to a brighter future. Nowruz is also a celebration of humanity’s rich cultural heritage and diversity. And a chance – for all of us – to be guided by its values of peace, dialogue and solidarity: To reaffirm our commitment to human rights and dignity; To promote mutual respect and reconciliation; To protect the planet and live in harmony with nature. As we celebrate Nowruz, let us choose hope and compassion, embrace the opportunities that lie ahead, and work together to building a more peaceful, more sustainable and more inclusive world for all. May this Nowruz bring you joy, good health and prosperity.