History favours the interwoven path of peace and non-violence: PGA

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John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

The ideas that are central to the UN's founding – ensuring peace and security and improving human well-being – are still central to our shared human global journey and what each of us must work together to support, the President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in remarks marking International Day of Non-Violence.

He says the path of non-violence is guided by our broader desire and yearning for peaceful measures for settling disputes, human rights and guaranteeing fundamental freedoms for all.

“History favours the interwoven path of peace and non-violence, which has stood the test of time and continues to inspire humankind. Those who have succeeded in reaching their aims through peaceful means, in the face of overwhelming obstacles, are those whom we remember, revere and aspire to emulate: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Aung San Sui Kyi.” (32″) 

General Assembly President John Ashe says the path of non-violence is not only about transforming the global but the personal, and one of history's greatest advocate of non-violence – Mahatma Ghandi reminded us that it is the path of the courageous, not the fearful.

He says “it is an option that is available to each one of us in how we relate to each other and respond to injustice” , adding “we are all responsible for employing tools of non-violence and thereby help to create a more peaceful world for all”.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’30″

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