From the UN press release:
UN declares 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday, as International Day of Non-Violence
15 June 2007 – The United Nations General Assembly today decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence each year on 2 October – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Introducing the resolution adopted by the 192-member body, Anand Sharma, India’s Minister of State for External Relations, said the idea originated at an international conference on “Peace, Non-Violence and Empowerment – Gandhian Philosophy in the 21st Century” convened in New Delhi in January this year.
The late leader’s “novel mode of mass mobilization and non-violent action” brought down colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty, of civil, political and economic rights, and greatly influenced many a freedom struggle and inspired leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Sharma stated.
Learn more about nonviolence:
- Learn more about Gandhi’s work on Peace, Conflict, and Nonviolence.
- For those seeking to learn more about nonviolence from a Christian perspective, I’d suggest starting with the resources at the Center for Christian Nonviolence (especially the audio files!).
- For more information on nonviolent collective conflict, I’d suggest starting with Gene Sharp’s work at the Albert Einstein Institution.