International Day of Non-Violence


International Day of Non-Violence

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as "Gandhi Jayanti".

On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence. [ [http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=22926&Cr=non&Cr1=violence UN declares 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday, as International Day of Non-Violence ] ] . The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in "an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness." [ [http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2007/ga10601.doc.htm General Assembly Adopts Texts On Day Of Non-Violence, Ethiopian Millennium; Pays Tribute To Former Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim ] ]

Some of the events and celebrations planned by the Humanist Movement for 2nd of October 2007 can be read [http://www.silo.ws/noviolencia.php?secc=manifes&lang=eng here] .

The first ever celebration of the International day of non violence was observed in Bangkok by United Nations ESCAP. H. E. Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon'ble Minister for Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs & Sports and Development of North-Eastern Region of India presided over the programme. [http://www.thaindian.com/news-snippet/gandhi-jayanti-celebrated-in-bangkok-the-embassy-of-india-press-release-4338.html More here...]

In January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi Teacher in Paris Akshay Bakaya teaching International school students in Paris to the World Social Forum in Bombay. The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India's Congress Party ("Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice", The Telegraph, Calcutta) until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi in January 2007 initiated by Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.

References

External links

* [http://www.un.int/india/2007/ind1334.pdf Introduction of the draft resolution on International Day of Non-Violence] - United Nations
* [http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=54580f5e-15a0-4aaf-baa3-8f403b5688fa&&Headline=October+2+is+Int'l+Non-Violence+Day October 2 is global non-violence day] - "Hindustan Times"
* [http://www.upi.com/International_Intelligence/Briefing/2007/06/15/gandhi_birthday_to_mark_nonviolence/8035/ Gandhi birthday to mark non-violence] - "UPI"


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