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UN Day of Vesak begins tomorrow in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam, A threeday United Nations (UN) Day of Vesak 2019 will begin tomorrow at Tam Chuc Pagoda in Vietnam's northern Ha Nam province.

The threeday event is expected to witness the attendance of 1,600 international delegates from 115 countries and territories all over the globe, and nearly 10,000 Buddhist followers and people from Vietnam.

Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is organising the largest festival and all preparations for the UN Day of Vesak celebration have been completed, organising committee sources said.

Vietnam is hosting the UN Day of Vesak Festival, for the third time, with the theme: Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies.

Most Venerable Thich Duc Thien, Vice President of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha's Executive Council cum General Secretary of Organising Committee UNDV 2019, said More than 1,600 international delegates from 115 countries are expected to attend this important event this year.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will attend and speak at the opening ceremony.

All preparations for the UN Day of Vesak celebration have been completed.

Around 7200 volunteers are ready to work with the subcommittees, to serve this 'Great Festival'.

Ministry of Public Security, the public security units, Ha Nam Provincial Police Department, Hanoi Police Department have rolled out plans to ensure security and order for this event as well as the guests and delegates. Leaders of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha also set up a security management center in the areas, including in front of Tam Chuc International Conference Center, to ensure optimal safety of participants.

In 2000, for the first time, the UN Day of Vesak was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the USA with the participation of 34 countries.

Since then, the UN Day of Vesak is held annually in many countries around the globe.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)