International Day of Non-Violence - 2 October 2023 from 10.00-13.00 hrs

We are delighted to inform you that Stichting Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation) will celebrate the International Day of Non-Violence for the 10th time on Monday the 2nd of October 2023, 10.00-13.00 hrs. The program is supported by the City The Hague, The Embassy of India, the Carnegie Foundation and Mrs. Marian Oort.


Gandhi, who helped leading India to independence, has been the inspiration for non-violent movements for civil rights and social change across the world. Throughout his life Gandhi remained committed to his belief in non-violence even under oppressive conditions and in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.


According to the (United Nations) General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007 which established the commemoration, the International Day of Non-Violence is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including 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”.

A registration for this program is mandatory.

No exceptions can be made at the entry.

Therefore, in case you like to be sure of a seat, do please reserve instantly. We will work with first come, first serve.  
If you need any further information please contact our secretary, Patricia Christina de Bordes at
We look forward to welcome you on International Day of Non-Violence 2023!



10.00-10.30 hrs              Meet & Greet – Coffee & Tea
10.30 hrs                      Start of program                        
10.30-10.35 hrs              Welcome Remarks by Mrs. Karin Lodder – Acting Director Carnegie Foundation
10.35-10.45 hrs              Welcome & Opening Remarks by Mr. Ram L. Lakhina – Chairman St. Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi
10.45-11.00 hrs              Address by H.E. Mrs. Reenat Sandhu – Ambassador of India to the Netherlands
11.00-11.15 hrs              Address by H.E. Mr. Vusi Madonsela – Ambassador of South Africa to The Netherlands 
11.15-11.30 hrs              Address by Mr. Jaap Smit – King’s Commissioner of South Holland
11.30-11.45 hrs              Address by Mr. Jan van Zanen – Mayor of the City The Hague
11.45-11.55 hrs               Address by Essay Competition Winner
11.55-12.20 hrs              Musical Recital by Heiko Dijker (tabla) and K.G. Westman (sitar)
12.20-12.25 hrs              Closing Remarks by Eric Niehe – Former Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, Board Member St. Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi
12.25-13.00 hrs              Network Reception