Achieve progress thru’ non-violence: UN chief

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 19:41, Oct 01,2016 | Updated: 19:51, Oct 01,2016


Ban Ki-moon. -- AP photo

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has urged all countries to complete their domestic processes for ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and try hard in all activities to achieve progress through non-violence.

‘This is essential for building a safer, healthier and more peaceful world,’ he said in a message marking the International Day of Non-violence that falls on October 2.

Every year on the International Day of Non-Violence, all re-commit to the cause of peace, as exemplified by the life of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on this day 147 years ago, the UN chief said in his message received in Dhaka from the UNIC, Dhaka on Saturday.

‘We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it doesn’t end there. To nurture peace, we must respect nature. I’m pleased this year’s International Day of Non-Violence puts the focus on sustainability and the environment,’ Ban said.

In all he did, Gandhi honoured obligation to all living things and he reminded all that ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.’

‘Gandhi also challenged us to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world. Today that commitment is reflected in a momentous way,’ said the UN chief.

He said today India is depositing its instrument of ratification to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. ‘What better way to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy for people and planet.’

The UN chief congratulated India for its climate leadership, and building on the strong momentum all see from all corners of the globe for the agreement to enter into force as quickly as possible this year.

‘India's ratification of the agreement moves the world an important step closer toward achieving that goal,’ the message reads.

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