Statement by the Permanent Representative on the occasion of the International Day of Nevruz.

Y. Halit Çevik 22.03.2016

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I welcome you all to our annual Nevruz ceremony, which we jointly organize since the UN General Assembly declared 21 March as the “International Day of Nevruz” in 2010.

I wish a happy Nevruz to all our peoples and thank all of you for your participation and your warm messages.

In 2009, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) included Nevruz in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This has been a significant development in view of the cultural importance that our nations attach to Nevruz.

For millennia, Nevruz has been an essential part of the richness of our cultures; a strong bond that has brought together our deep-rooted civilisations stretching from Central Asia to India, Europe, the Black Sea, the Middle East and elsewhere. Nevruz is spring, literally the beginning of the new year. It is the awakening of the nature, the perpetual revival of the Earth.

Nevruz is the expression of new hopes, a new stimulus, a fresh start; it symbolises the eternal link between nature and human being. Nevruz has been celebrated by our peoples in full of joy, solidarity and collaboration, as an expression of our gratitude to the nature. In this respect, Nevruz is the humanity itself. It incorporates different stories that represent the character of different peoples of our motherland.

Today, as the co-organisers of this event –the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, we wanted to show the close ties and common cultural bonds among our nations. Our customs, traditions, cultural traits are very much similar and Nevruz festivities are good examples that demonstrate this remarkable cultural affinity.

These common traits, indeed, show the universality of Nevruz. As such, the spirit of Nevruz is perfectly in line with the goals and the values enshrined in the UN Charter such as peace and harmony.

I conclude my remarks by wishing you a joyful Nevruz. Nevruz kutlu olsun.