October 2 is the international day of non violence. In his speech, UN Secretary General Guterres once again called on the international community to make new efforts to achieve the goal of a global cease-fire by the end of the year.
Guterres said that this year, when celebrating the international day of non violence, people shoulder a special responsibility, namely, to stop the war and concentrate on defeating the common enemy of mankind, the new coronavirus. He said that during the new outbreak, the "only winner" of the conflict could only be the virus itself.
Guterres pointed out that a cease-fire can help people reduce the risk of famine and create space for peace talks. He said the process was hampered by deep mistrust, but he believed there was still reason for hope. In some places, violence has subsided. Many member states, religious leaders, civil society, etc. have supported the call for a global cease-fire. "Now it's time to step up."
Guterres called for a global cease-fire on March 23, urging the warring parties to stop the military conflict and focus on fighting the epidemic. Since then, he has repeatedly made the same appeal.
The general assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on June 15, 2007, which decided that October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of Nonviolent Thought and strategy, was designated as "International Non Violence day".