International Day of Non-Violence

“On this International Day of Non-Violence, let...

“On this International Day of Non-Violence, let us work together to use the great force of non-violence to build peaceful and just societies for ourselves and for our children,” the secretary general

International Non-Violence Day is being observed under the banner of United Nations (UN) today (October 2) – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), who led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedoms across the world.

The UN desiring to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence invites states, UN bodies, regional and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as individuals to commemorate the day through educating ordinary folks on significance of the day. The world we live in looks very different from before. It is a world where no nation can claim to be safe, free from the winds of insecurity. Globalisation, with all its good and evil effects, is perhaps the most important catalyst for the rapidly changing equation of world politics.

International Day of Non-Violence is a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness. The International Day of Non-Violence was established by the General Assembly as an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.” It has been observed annually since 2007.