World Day of Non-Violence: "An Eye for an Eye Ends Up Making the Whole World Blind" (Mahatma Gandhi)

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In these dramatic and perilous times, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson urged the international community to reaffirm the power and potential of bringing about change through peaceful means, following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired the International Day of Non-Violence, marked on 2 October 2014. 

“Non-Violence,” a sculpture by Karl Fredrik Reutersward, sits permanently outside UN Headquarters in New York

“The response to violence is all too often more violence when, in fact, reconciliation and dialogue is needed,” Eliassonsaid in a special event for the occasion, held at UN Headquarters in New York.

He called for embracing the fundamental values embodied by Gandhi: passion, compassion, and belief in the dignity and equal worth of all human beings.

Eliasson recalled Gandhi’s warning that “an eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind.”

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