Kuwait on Friday marks the International Day of Non-Violence out of full conviction of the need to intensify world efforts to eradicate the spiraling scourge of violence in many parts of the world and spreading the culture of tolerance, peace and dialogue.
It has been crystal-clear for the state leaders the importance of throwing Kuwait's weight behind the United Nations efforts to promote the culture of non-violence, dialogue among disputing parties and peaceful solutions for internal or external conflicts.
Kuwait has taken a variety of moves at the local levels and stances at the international level to disseminate values of non-violence everywhere. The world remembers the "speech of peace" which was delivered by late Amir His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in the United Nations on September 27, 1990, which outlined Kuwait's vision of the diplomacy of peace and non-violence.
For his part, His Highness the incumbent Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has been taking every necessary measure to inculcate tolerance and counter violence in Kuwait and abroad since his ascension to the throne in 2006.
He even gave the efforts to propagate the culture of peace a humanitarian dimension, for which the United Nations honored him and proclaimed him a "Humanitarian Leader" in September 2014. His Highness the Amir's firm stance against violence and instigators of violent acts was very clear in his speeches in different occasions.
In a speech to the nation on October 19, 2012, His Highness the Amir vowed: "We will not allow the culture of violence and chaos to spread among our peaceful people." To achieve this end, Kuwait lawmakers and law enforcers put into effect a package of anti-violence legislation. The legislation penalize different kinds of violence including domestic and work-related ones.
In 2005, Kuwait announced the foundation of the national center for countering violence as the first of its of kind in the Gulf region. In April 2014, the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs unveiled that the national plan for combating violence in the society which envisaged 40 short and medium-term measures to be implemented in cooperation with 14 other government bodies to control violence.
In this same year, the ministry assigned a specialized research team to study the causes behind the spread of violence in the society, particularly among youth.
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on October second, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in July 15, 2007 to establish the annual commemoration to be 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".