2023 “Diwali Stamp – The Power of One Awards,” aka “Oscars of Diplomacy,” Remarks by H.E. Omar Hilale, P.R. of Morocco

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Monday, December 11, 2023, ECOSOC Chamber, U.N.

Excellencies, distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

At the outset, allow me to express special regards and appreciation to my dear friends Ranju and Ravi Batra for their dedication, passion and leadership in steering the organization of this special occasion.

It is a pleasure to be part of this significant gathering that celebrates not only the rich significance of Diwali but also recognizes the impact of individuals through The Power of One Award.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, holds profound cultural and spiritual significance for millions around the world. It is a time of joy, reflection, and the triumph of light over darkness.

I salute the issuance of the Diwali Stamp which amplifies the importance of cultural diversity and inclusivity, serving as a symbol of unity and living together in peace in our global community.


No matter the religion, no matter the belief, light is a universal symbol for good: people all over the world celebrate using light in joyous festivities.

In Islam, Surat An-Nur, the 24th Surat of the Qur’an with 64 ayat, emphasizes the moral and ethical standards that believers should uphold. It provides explicit instructions for both men and women to maintain modesty and uphold a mindset that fosters respect for oneself and others.

In this regard, I would like to highlight three reflections:

1. First, Diwali festivities are a reminder not only to enlighten dark places and homes, but most

importantly, souls. In this time of crisis and loss, I hope that the moral value of Diwali could serve as a beacon of hope for living together in peace.

2. Second, Diwali is a time for dana (charitable giving) and seva (selfless service). It is a time

when traditions are followed and gift giving is valued. So, let us all recommit to these invaluable

moralities and fosters the values of peace, coexistence and dialogue.

3. Third, Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil. Families separated by distance or discord come together to celebrate, forgive, share and pray for a prosperous future. These morals and values are needed now more than ever.


As we gather to celebrate Diwali and honor The Power of One Award recipients, let us also reaffirm our commitment to fostering a world where diverse cultures are respected, where the deeds of individuals, no matter how small, contribute to a collective tapestry of positive change.

I thank you


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