On 2 October the world celebrates an International Day of Non–Violence established by the United Nations Organization to commemorate birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian philosopher. Life of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of movement for independence of India and a founder of non–violence policy serves a model for non–violence movement around the world, striving for social changes and civil rights. A solemn event organized by the Embassy of India and the UN Office in Belarus took place at the Academy of Management under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

On 2 October the world celebrates an International Day of Non–Violence established by the United Nations Organization to commemorate birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian philosopher. Life of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of movement for independence of India and a founder of non–violence policy serves a model for non–violence movement around the world, striving for social changes and civil rights.

A solemn event organized by the Embassy of India and the UN Office in Belarus took place at the Academy of Management under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus. It was attended by Manoj Bharti, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Belarus, Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, Alexander Ivanovsky, First Vice–Rector of the Academy of Management under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus and other guests.

Speaking to young audiience Sanaka Samarasinha noted: “Gandhi was the inspiration for many founding members of the United Nations who incorporated his ideas of non–violence and tolerance into basic United Nations documents. The UN continues with its efforts to promote tolerance and commitment to respect of all forms of human rights, democracy and development … We have a lot to learn from Gandhi in this troubled world. His methods are still powerful and persuasive”.

In his annual address the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged people around the global irrespective where they are, to be inspired by the courage of individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, turning their back to division and hatred, standing up for justice and prosperity for all.