On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October 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."
The first ever celebration of the International day of non violence was observed in Bangkok by United Nations ESCAP. H. E. Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon'ble Minister for Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs & Sports and Development of North-Eastern Region of India presided over the programme. More here...
In January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi Teacher in Paris Akshay Bakaya teaching International school students in Paris to the World Social Forum in Bombay. The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India's Congress Party ("Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice", The Telegraph, Calcutta) until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi in January 2007 initiated by Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.
ETHIOPIA: ADDIS ABABA CELEBRATES SECOND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE, 139TH BIRTHDAY OF MAHATMA GANDHI
Oct 03, 2008; The government of Ethiopia issued the following news release: The Second International Day of Non-Violence and the 139th Birthday...
PEACE STARTS WITH PEOPLE, IS SUSTAINED AROUND COMMUNITY TABLES, SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE.
Sep 30, 2010; NEW YORK -- The following information was released by the United Nations: Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message...