Foreign Policy Watch: United Nations

International Day of Non-Violence event at UN


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: International Day of Non-Violence

Mains level: NA


The International Day of Non-Violence event, held at the UN headquarters in New York, saw a life-size hologram of Gandhi displayed.

International Day of Non-Violence

  • Every year, since 2007, the day is observed on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, in January 2004, first proposed the idea of dedicating a day to non-violence, around the world.
  • In 2007, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution to commemorate October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence, with the core objective to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.”

What does the term “non-violence” stand for?

  • The UN defines the term as a rejection of the use of physical violence in order to achieve social or political change.
  • The UNGA resolution reaffirms the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and establishes a desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence.
  • The theory emphasises that the power of rulers depends on the consent of the populations, and non-violence therefore seeks to undermine such power through withdrawal of the consent and cooperation of the populace.


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