Tuesday, June 19, 2007

UN: Gandhi's birth anniversary October 2 to be declared 'International day of non-violence'

Wonderful news. The United Nations General Assembly will declare October 2 - the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi - as 'International Day of Non-Violence' in recognition of his role in promoting the message of peace around the world.

A resolution reaffirming the universal relevance of non-violence, initiated by India and co-sponsored by more than 120 of the 191 members of the Assembly, is expected to be adopted unanimously on Friday. The resolution says that
"The Assembly decides, with effect from the 62nd session of the General Assembly (which begins in September next) and guided by the Charter of the United Nations, to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on October 2 each year, with the International day being brought to the attention of all people for its celebration and observance on this date."
It invites all member states, NGOs and individuals to commemorate the day and to disseminate the message of non-violence, "including through education and public awareness."
The resolution also requests the Secretary-General to recommend ways and means by which the UN systems can assist member states in organising activities to commemorate the day.
(Source: Times of India 14 Jun, 2007 - hat tip writingcave.com)

1 comment:

sushilsingh said...

October 2nd was the 136th Gandhi Jayanti, the celebration of Gandhi’s birthday.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 and is most famous for leading India

to independence through a nonviolent revolution. A follower of Tolstoy’s philosophy

of nonviolence, Gandhi went on to become one of the most famous and important

persons in modern history. Though we should celebrate this hero of peace every day,

his birthday is a good enough time to remember him, what he stood for, and what he


Happy Gandhi jayanthi