The head of the Congress of the World Philosophy Day, Gholamali Haddad Adel gave the opening speech.
A philosopher has a deep and perceptive mind and great philosophers are the elites who devote their main attention to human beings.
Iranians comprise a nation that has inscribed their history with peace, justice and thought. Iran has trained great scholars and philosophers over the centuries, one of whom is Avicenna.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke next:
Man grows as his knowledge of the world and its Creator increases; man is greater than any single phenomenon of which he has knowledge. If an individual gets to know God and mankind, he/she would naturally get to know the other creatures, the main concern for man is getting to know himself and his Creator.
I don't care what some people say about Iran's president and I generally refuse to see an individual in only one color, the words presented above are worth keeping in mind.
UNESCO sadly refused to participate at this event, probably for political reasons.