UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for embracing Mahatma Gandhi’s values and working across cultures and borders to build a better, more peaceful future for all defeating challenges ahead.
"Let us walk this path together, in solidarity, as one human family," he said in a message marking the International Day of Non-violence that falls on October 2.
The International Day of Non-Violence celebrates not only Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, but the values he embodied that echo across the decades: peace, mutual respect, and the essential dignity shared by every person. "Sadly, our world is not living up to those values," Guterres said. He said they see this through growing conflicts and climate chaos.
"Poverty, hunger and deepening inequalities. Prejudice, racism and rising hate speech. And a morally bankrupt global financial system that entrenches poverty and stymies recovery for developing countries," he mentioned.
The UN chief laid emphasis on investing in people’s health, education, decent jobs and social protection to prevent people from falling and catch them when they do and ensuring access to financing and debt relief for all countries.
He also highlighted the importance of supporting developing countries as they build resilient infrastructure and protect populations from the impacts of climate change, while also accelerating the transition from planet-killing fossil fuels to renewable energy.
"Gandhi’s life and examples reveal a timeless pathway to a more peaceful and tolerant world," said the UN chief.