On Sunday, 2nd of October 2016, UNFPA’s Sub-regional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries, represented by its staff members: Mr. Salah Al-Saleh, Programme Analyst, Ms. Shaima Aly, Programme Coordinator and Ms. Shubha Shetty, Admin/ Finance Associate, participated in an event held by Raj Yoga Center for Self-Development in Muscat. The high-level assembly in this event included many Ambassadors and other Embassies’ representatives in Muscat, as well as several public officials and civil society organizations based in Oman.
Mr. Salah Al-Saleh delivered the 2016 statement of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, marking the International Day of NonViolence observed on 2nd of October each year, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
According to General Assembly Resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence". This year’s focus was on the importance of the UN member states commitment to the environment and its sustainability and the relevance of achieving this goal through the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. During this evening, and to indicate their commitment and obligation to a peaceful world, the top officials attending the event came to stage to light the candles of peace. That was followed by a theatre performance given by “Youth of Hope”, a young Omani acting group, reflecting the spirit of this remarkable day. At end, Ms. Jayanti Kriplani, Director, Europe and Middle East, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University and its Representative to the UN Geneva, gave a speech about the importance of living in harmony and peace and spiritual ways to overcome conflicts.