Mathematics is universal: both its laws and the joy of doing it are the same for all people. In today’s world, which is torn by extreme polarization, the universality of mathematics should be a reminder that we all, however different, are the same as human beings. We, the Local Organizing Committee, are creating an ICM where everybody will feel welcome and respected, regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, social or economic status, religion, or any other personal beliefs, customs, or traits. We ask all people of St Petersburg and Russia to join us in welcoming the mathematicians of the whole world to ICM 2022. We ask our foreign colleagues to see it as an opportunity to meet their colleagues and ordinary people from Russia, make new friends, and reconnect with their old friends. Let this ICM be a celebration of the unity and the diversity in both mathematics and mathematicians.