1999 Vesak Day globally marked as United Nations Observance Day
The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades. By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on various themes, topics, and social issues. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution 554/115, moved by Lakshman Kadirgamar the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister. Vesak Day is now internationally accorded as a United Nations Observance Day.