Welcome to the United Nations.
I am delighted to be here to commemorate the International Day of Vesak with you.
My own mother is a devout Buddhist. I was fortunate to learn the teachings of Lord Buddha through my family. They have been a great source of wisdom in my life.
My distinguished predecessor, Secretary-General U Thant, was a very religious Buddhist.
Nearly 40 years ago, he delivered a lecture about Buddhism and the United Nations.
Secretary-General Thant talked about karma, the principle that every action has a reaction.