"To nurture peace, we must also respect nature," UN deputy chief says

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The "Non-Violence" (or "Knotted Gun") sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors' Plaza. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A culture of non-violence begins with respect for one another, but it also implies respect for nature and life on Earth, the UN deputy chief has said.

Jan Eliasson made the remarks on the International Day of Non-Violence observed by the UN every year on 2 October.

It's also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who helped lead India to independence and pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

"Deeply moved" is how the UN Deputy Secretary-General described South Indian vocalist Sudha Ragunathan's opening prayers.

Jan Eliasson joined India in celebrating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and marking the International Day of Non-Violence at the UN on Sunday.

Like Gandhi, he recalled the importance of respecting "all living things," humans and plants alike and urged people to stand up against violence "together".

"A culture of non-violence fundamentally begins with respect for our fellow human beings, the recognition of everybody's human worth. But it does not end there. To nurture peace we must also respect nature, life on Earth. And that is why we welcome that on this International Day of Non-Violence our Indian hosts and friends have placed the protection of the environment in the centre of this day."

India also ratified the Paris climate pact on the same day, bringing the agreement closer to its entry into force.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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