On Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirms his Call for Peace

On the International Day of Non-Violence, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed his call for peace, saying, “Hatred, division, and conflict have had their day.” 

On the 152nd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said now is the moment to usher in a new age of peace, trust, and tolerance.  

On October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the International Day of Nonviolence is observed. 

International Day is an opportunity to “disseminate the message of nonviolence, including through education and public awareness,” according to the General Assembly resolution that created the commemoration on June 15, 2007. The resolution recognizes “the universal relevance of the principle of nonviolence” as well as the intention to “secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding, and nonviolence”. 

The Secretary-General had previously warned world leaders in his address to the UNGA’s 76th Session that the world has never been more threatened or divided, and that the world is facing the “greatest cascade” of crises, citing the COVID pandemic, a global climate crisis, and unrest in Afghanistan and other countries as examples. 

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