International Day of Non-Violence
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United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007 established International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a global icon of peace and non-violence. The Permanent Mission of India has been commemorating this occasion every year at the UN Headquarters in New York.

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United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007 established International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a global icon of peace and non-violence. The Permanent Mission of India has been commemorating this occasion every year at the UN Headquarters in New York.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and its multifaceted consequences, Mahatma Gandhi's belief in Truth (Satya) and Non-Violence (Ahimsa) and welfare for all (Sarvodaya) are more relevant than ever before.

Given the restrictions on in-person gatherings still in place at the UN, we plan to commemorate the day virtually this year, with an audiovisual presentation bringing together the thoughts and perspectives of global leaders, past and preset, on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the continued relevance and influence of his ideals.

On this occasion, we will also be honoured to have a special message from the President of the 76th United Nations General Assembly, H E Abdullah Shahid. Mahatma Gandhi's ideas and vision find resonance in his "Presidency of Hope", which seeks to rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, and respect the rights of all.

  • Introductory video: Life and work of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Special Message: President of the General Assembly H. E. Abdullah Shahid
  • Introductory remarks: Permanent Representative of India to UN, Ambassador T S Tirumurti
  • Video montage: Gandhi through the eyes of global leaders
  • Musical tribute: Vaishnava Janato