UN is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, South Korean President, Singapore Prime Minister, New Zealand Prime Minister, Bangladesh Prime Minister and Jamaican Prime Minister launched the Gandhi Solar Park which is the installation of solar panel on the rooftop of the UN headquarters from a grant of $1 million that India has given.
The Gandhi Peace Garden at the State University of New York Campus where 150 trees have been planted ws also inaugurated.
The leaders also released a UN postage stamp on Gandhi Ji. Prime Minister Modi hailed Mahatma Gandhi as one who inspires not only India but also the world.
Prime Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi showed democracy means Self dependence and not dependence on the government.
PM Modi described Mahatma Gandhi’s life as a source of inspiration for the governance mantra of his government since 2014. Be it the Swachh Bharat Mission or digital India, the emphasis has been on mass participation in keeping with Bapu’s vision.
Prime Minister said that the answers to most contemporary challenges be they climate change or terrorism can be found in Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his philosophy.
At the event, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asserted that Mahatma Gandhi was the greatest leader of all times and said that his ideas drive the work of UN.
The UN Chief also thanked India for Gandhi Solar park and making a clarion call against single use plastic.
South Korean President Moon Jaee-in reiterated Gandhi’s philiosophy that there is no path to peace, peace is the only path.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Gandhi’s ideas influenced people beyond India’s shores. He also said that UNGA has declared Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary as International Day of non-violence.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness termed Gandhi’s life’s works as a personal inspiration for his leadership.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern aslo spoke on the occassion.