United Nations Non-Violence Day
United Nations Non-Violence Day
On June 1st, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution naming October 2nd, which is Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday, an “International Day of Non-Violence.” This is obviously laughable in light of Gandhi’s undeniable racism and promotion of violence as documented in his own words.
The United States did not help pass this resolution. However, you should contact the United States Mission to the United Nations to urge them to protest its passage.
To protest this resolution, please contact the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad. You can contact him through his website.
You can also contact the office of the United States Mission to the United Nations.
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Text of the Resolution
Agenda item 44
Culture of peace
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming the Charter of the United Nations, including the principles and purposes contained therein,
Recalling its resolutions 53/243 A and B of 13 September 1999, containing the Declaration on a Culture of Peace and the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, 55/282 of 7 September 2001 on the International Day of Peace and 61/45 of 4 December 2006 on the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001-2010, as well as other relevant resolutions,
Bearing in mind that non-violence, tolerance, full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, democracy, development, mutual understanding and respect of diversity, are interlinked and mutually reinforcing,
Reaffirming the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and desiring to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence,
1. Decides, with effect from the sixty-second session of the General Assembly and guided by the Charter of the United Nations, to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October each year, with the International Day being brought to the attention of all people for its celebration and observance on this date;
2. Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence in an appropriate manner and to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to recommend ways and means by which the United Nations system and the Secretariat of the United Nations could, within existing resources, assist Member States, upon request, in organizing activities to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence;
4. Also requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, necessary measures for the observance by the United Nations of the International Day of Non-Violence;
5. Further requests the Secretary-General to keep the General Assembly informed at its sixty-third session on the implementation within the United Nations system of present resolution as regards the observance of the International Day of Non-Violence.
Nations Sponsoring the Resolution
Antigua and Barbuda
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
United Republic of Tanzania
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)