2023 “Diwali Stamp – The Power of One Awards,” aka “Oscars of Diplomacy,” Remarks by H.E. Sophia Tesfamariam, P.R. of Eritrea 

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United Nations, 11 December 2023

Your excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to thank Ranju and Ravi Batra for inviting me to participate in this important annual event. Beyond the issuance of the Diwali stamp and the extraordinary hard work undertaken to make it happen, Ravi and Ranju stand as a testament to its meaning. These two have championed peace over war, cultivated friendships across the UN system and brought us together in celebration on more than one occasion. Also, I want to thank dear Olof Skoog for his work in organizing this year’s event.

It is truly an honor and a moment of immense joy to gather here at the United Nations to celebrate a special occasion that reflects the rich cultural tapestry of our world, with you, dear colleagues, and friends.

The Festival of Lights, Diwali, transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. Its essence lies in the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. is a celebration that transcends borders, transcends religions, and unites us all in the spirit

of shared humanity. As we gather here amidst the shadows of global challenges, the symbolism of Diwali becomes even more poignant. It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, the light within us has the power to dispel despair and illuminate the path towards a better future.

In conjunction with our celebration of Diwali, we also take this opportunity to honor the recipients of the Power of One Awards. In times of crisis, the resilience and determination of individuals shine brightly, demonstrating that positive change can be instigated by the actions of just one person. The Power of One Awards highlights the remarkable contributions of individuals who have made a tangible impact, serving as beacons of hope in our global communities.

As we celebrate the Diwali stamp and the Power of One Awards together, let this moment inspire us to recognize the transformative potential that lies within each of us. The Diwali stamp, is a symbol of light and hope, at a time when our collective spirits are being tested by various global adversities.

Diwali teaches us that no matter how challenging the circumstances, the light within us can dispel the shadows that surround us. 

Celebration of the Diwali stamp at the United Nations serves as a beacon, a reminder that the principles we celebrate during this festival are universal and timeless. In the face of the multiple crises affecting our world – be it the ongoing health challenges, climate change,

humanitarian crises, or conflicts – the values of unity, compassion, and resilience become our guiding light.

This celebration is a testament to the universal appeal of this festival and its resonance with the principles that this organization stands for. The Diwali stamp encapsulates the essence of diversity, tolerance, and the triumph of light over darkness – principles that are at the core of the United Nations’ mission to promote peace, understanding, and cooperation among nations. Let us celebrate the bonds that tie us, to reflect on the triumph of virtue, and to usher in a new beginning filled with hope and positivity.

In a world often marked by challenges and uncertainties, the celebration of Diwali reminds us of the power of unity, the strength found in diversity, and the importance of spreading the light of compassion and understanding. The beautiful imagery depicted on the Diwali stamp serves as a visual representation of these universal values that connect people across continents and cultures.

As we celebrate the Diwali stamp at the United Nations, let us also take a moment to reflect on the significance of fostering cultural understanding and appreciation. In embracing the diversity of our traditions, we find common ground that binds us together as a global family, working towards a future of peace, prosperity, and sustainable development for all.

May the spirit of Diwali inspire us to be beacons of light in our respective spheres, promoting compassion, inclusivity, and the pursuit of a better world for generations to come. Let this celebration serve as a reminder that, no matter how tough the journey, the collective light of our shared humanity will guide us through these challenging times.

The Power of One Awards reaffirms that individuals, through their commitment and actions, can create ripples of positive change that extend far beyond themselves. In times of crisis, individuals who embody the spirit of resilience, compassion, and leadership stand out

as beacons of hope. The Power of One Awards acknowledges and celebrates those who, against all odds, have made a significant impact, proving that one person’s determination and actions can spark positive change and inspire others to join the journey towards a better world. Congratulations to all the awardees for 2023.

Once again, Happy Diwali to you all, and may the glow of the Diwali stamp light up the path to a brighter, more harmonious future for humanity. Namaste and a very Happy Diwali to you all!


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