United Nations, 24th February (PTI) Mahatma Gandhi underscored his message of peace and trusteeship at a special event hosted in India as the UN General Assembly marked the first anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine.
On Thursday, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, in partnership with the University for Peace, organized a high-level panel discussion on “Gandhian Trust: Mission and Human Flourishing” at the United Nations Headquarters.
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The event highlighted and discussed Gandhi’s doctrine of trusteeship and its relevance in today’s world, with a focus on Mission Life (environmental lifestyle) and the concept of human flourishing to promote a sustainable way of life and lasting peace.
“Today’s event is very unique. What I find very, very powerful is that we are talking about peace, talking about non-violence, and even in the General Assembly we have a vote … on the Ukraine crisis,” said Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Say it in a group discussion.
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The UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution sponsored by Ukraine and its supporters entitled “UN Charter Principles for a Comprehensive, Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine”.
The resolution, which received 141 votes in favor and 7 against, “emphasizes the need for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine to be achieved as soon as possible in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
India abstained from voting on the resolution due to its inherent limitations in achieving the desired goal of ensuring lasting peace.
In the context of human flourishing, Kamboj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi felt very strongly that the world is one interconnected family, “his model is one of human-centred global development , rather than a self-centered model.”
She gave the example of India sending COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries during the pandemic. “I can remind everyone that we are not commercializing this moment,” she said.
Kamboji further stated that India has always been a “first responder”. In the recent devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, India was one of the first countries to send emergency relief supplies and assistance within 24 hours.
“I also do want to say that going forward we will always be aligned with the vision of the world premiers as one interconnected family.”
The event was attended by representatives of UN member states, UN officials, academic institutions and civil society organizations.
The panel discussion was organized as part of the UN ‘Roundtable on India’.
A press release from the Indian delegation said that the roundtables organized in honor of India@75 will showcase India’s achievements in various development areas including financial inclusion, social development, climate action and more.
According to the event’s concept note, Gandhi, the “father of modern India,” taught the world the doctrine of trusteeship and continues the philosophy of Gandhi’s trusteeship, which India begins this year as the G20 presidency.
The motto of the G20 presidency is “One World, One Family, One Future”, which is inspired by the ancient Indian cultural spirit “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.
The panel aimed to discuss examples of how sustainable lifestyles can be promoted to combat the adverse effects of climate and environmental degradation and how to strengthen fundamental values of pluralism, democracy and the rule of law to build peaceful and inclusive societies.
Gandhi once said “There is enough in the world to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not enough to satisfy everyone’s greed”.
The concept note says that the underlying implication is that each member of society should use his spiritual, moral, physical and material resources for the common good and well-being of the society, not just for his own benefit. Panelists included Mathu Joyini, Permanent Representative of South Africa, Trine Heimerback, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway, Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Peace, and Dr. Joel H Rosenthal, Chair of the Carnegie Council on International Affairs Ethics.
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