International Day of Non-Violence - 2 October 2018 from 10:00-13.00 hrs


10.00-10.40 hrs Meet and Greet

10.10-10.25 hrs Formal release of Commemorative Postage Stamps by H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony (in front of the main Peace Palace building)

10.40-10.45 hrs Welcome to the Peace Palace by Mr. Eric de Baedts – Director Carnegie Foundation Peace Palace

10.45-10.55 hrs Welcome and Opening Remarks by Mr. Ram Lakhina – Chairman St. Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi

10.55-11.10 hrs “Relevance of Gandhian Philosophy of Non-Violence in Containing Political and Social Violence in Post Independence India” by H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony – Ambassador of India

11.10-11.30 hrs “Relevance and Effectiveness of Non-violence in Resolving Global Conflicts” by Joris J.C. Voorhoeve – Chair of The Netherlands’
Commission on Peace and Security and former Co-Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Former Minister of Defence of The Netherlands

11.30-11.40 hrs “Fighting Oppression Without Hating the Oppressor: Ode to the Gandhian Way” by Ms. Guna Alvika – winner essay competition

11.40-11.55 hrs Concluding Address by Rabin Baldewsingh – Advisor Stichting Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi & Former Deputy Mayor of The Hague

11.55-12.20 hrs Musical Recital by Hamid Reza Behzadian (Indian Slide Guitar) & Heiko Dijker (tabla)

12.20-12.25 hrs Closing Remarks by Eric Niehe – Former Dutch Ambassador to India

12.25-13.15 hrs Network Reception