NEW YORK (TIP): The UN General Assembly, on October 2, celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as the International Day of Non- Violence. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly had voted to establish October 2, as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.”
Present on the occasion were member nations, president of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa, and Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister who led the Indian delegation which included India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji. Rich tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi by the speakers which included president of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa, and Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister.