Facing our challenges and resolve our problems through non-aggressive ways

Posted on October 2, 2012

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“Only by establishing the culture of peace, our world can be truly non-violent and peaceful making it a better place to live.” a message from Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Former Under-Secretary-General
and High Representative of the UN

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN sent us this message today in honor of the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Here are his observations on the International Day of Non-violence and the Mahatma’s birthday on 2 October 2012:

“Only by establishing the culture of peace, our world can be truly non-violent and peaceful making it a better place to live. Violence only begets more violence both locally and globally resulting in unnecessary, widespread devastation to our planet and suffering to humanity. The culture of peace shows us how to face our challenges and resolve our problems through non-aggressive ways, through understanding and dialogue. We need to understand also that non-violence can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty, hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance and hatred.

Today’s humanity needs to absorb the reality of non-violence as Mahatma Gandhi has said “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” To pay respect to Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy of non-violence, to spread the message of non-violence and to raise public awareness around the world, in 2007 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 October, the Mahatma’s birthday, as the International Day of Non-violence.

In 2012, on this day, let us again express our determination to internalize the culture of peace and non-violence as part of our existence.” By Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN

Help celebrate on Oct 2, 2012 Dr. Raj Kumar, the Founder and President of the Gandhi International Institute for Peace, is organizing the 7th annual event to raise awareness towards nonviolence and peace in Hawaii. In a Celebration of International Day of Nonviolence in Honolulu, Dr Kumar has invited the entire community to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birthday and International Day of Nonviolence on October 2, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. at the Gandhi statue outside the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki.

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