STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT
OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On International Day of Non-Violence

The President of the General Assembly welcomes the first commemoration of the International Day of Non-Violence and calls on all peace-loving people to use the occasion of this day to spread the message that non-violence is the only way to reach sustainable solutions to political and social challenges. Regrettably, recent terrorist acts and the use of force against non-violent protests continue to underline the importance and urgency of this appeal.

The President notes that non-violence, tolerance, respect for human rights, democracy, development, and diversity, are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. He invites all Member States, United Nations Organizations, regional and non-governmental bodies and individuals to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence by spreading this message.

New York, 2 October 2007

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