United Nations, Oct 2 (IENews) United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres called on the World to follow the former’s ‘enduring vision and wisdom’ of India’s Mahatma Gandhi.
On the occasion of International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on October 2 – the birthday of the leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe, the UN Chief said that ‘at a time of protracted conflicts and complex challenges, Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence remains an inspiration. At the United Nations, a world free of violence – and the resolution of differences through non-violent means – is at the core of our work.’
The Charter of the United Nations, said the Secretary-General, with its call in Chapter VI for the use, ‘first of all’, of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, judicial settlement and other peaceful ways to address threats to peace, echoes the spirit of Gandhi’s statement that “non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.”
Noting that Gandhi proved that non-violence can change history Guterres concluded his message by calling on the world to be inspired by Gandhi’s “courage and conviction as we continue our work to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights for all of the peoples of the world.’