In his message for the International Day of Non-Violence, on Saturday, the UN chief noted that the day provides an opportunity to usher in a “new era of peace, trust and tolerance”.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that it was no coincidence that the day coincides with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of India’s independence movement and a founder of the principles of non-violence.

For Gandhi, non-violence, peaceful protest, dignity and equality were more than words.

They represented a guiding light for humanity, a map to a better future”, he said.

The UN chief also pointed to the movement as “a template” to confront today’s troubled times.  

Conflicts and climate change.

Poverty and inequalities.  

Mistrust and divisions.  

All under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to devastate people and economies alike”, he said.

The UN chief underscored that the solution to these challenges “is in our hands: solidarity”.    

Solutions ‘in our hands’

The principle of non-violence, also known as non-violent resistance, rejects the use of physical force to achieve social or political change and has been adopted globally in campaigns for social justice.

 “We need to recognize, as Gandhi did, that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.

That peace provides the only pathway to a better future for all”, he said.

Addressing global challenges means “coming together as one human family, and embracing peace like never before”, Mr. Guterres said according UN News.

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