THE GLOBAL PEACE MARCH
On October 2, 2019 – the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth, a 14,000 km, one-year global march for justice and peace, called Jai Jagat 2020, will start from New Delhi to Geneva. Winding through 10 countries with nonviolence training and events on key justice themes along the way, and joining with separate marches starting from a number of countries in Europe and northwest Africa as well as delegates from around the world, participants will be welcomed and hosted by the City and Canton of Geneva for a week (26 September – 2nd October 2020) of workshops, advocacy meetings and cultural events.
This initiative urges the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a dialogue with UN agencies in Geneva. Four Pillars of Advocacy related to the SDGs are at the core of the Jai Jagat campaign. These are: eradication of poverty, social inclusion, climate justice and the nonviolent resolution of conflicts.
March in India (including launch) 121 days
March internationally (including Geneva) 244
Total days of march: 365 days
No. of countries: 10
No. of marchers: 200 in India; 50 internationally
Expected numbers of people meeting on the march 10,000 internationally
Expected number of people trained in nonviolence in India: 2019: 2500.
Expected number of people to impact over the course of the year 10 million
Local committees all along the route will organize daily events, and there will be daily non-violence trainings, making this a year-long practice of non-violence. In some countries new families and new individuals with different stories will be included in the march.
The arrival of the great march of Jai Jagat bearing the message of Gandhi and the voice of the voiceless is the perfect occasion, through a nonviolent dialogue, to promote various solutions for a world that works for everyone. To welcome the march, a festival/forum of change will be launched; combining, according to Gandhi’s vision, individual transformation with collective change. An innovative contribution to the key role of Geneva in the success of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations.
The Jai Jagat March is an audacious epic of our time. For a whole year, it will cross half the planet to carry the message of Mahatma Gandhi in favour of change through non-violence, as well as the voice of the voiceless. All the events organized during its welcome will be under the hat “Geneva, Capital of Peace”, with the central theme “Be the change”. They will all reinforce the message of peaceful transformation embodied by the marchers from India and elsewhere.
The overall objective of nonviolent training is to develop peace-builders. Having the training “on the road” is a unique opportunity in experiential learning. In the 4-5 day training programs along the route in India, and in each of the nine countries, people will learn first hand how to manage differences. It is also an opportunity to see how others manage conflict in the various countries through which we travel, and in the process grow to understand cultural and religious differences.
In the training itself, we begin by identifying indirect conflict, and determining the causal chain that leads to conflict. From this, we can also learn how to preempt conflict and violence. We follow Gandhi’s framework in so far as we start with the presumption of nonviolence and work to see how this can be integrated into social settings and development interventions.
The “learning on the road” trainings will also be transmitted through social media for others to understand who are not physically present and for them to follow what is going on. The training in nonviolence also helps to direct the dialogues along the route with various governments and civil society groups and also in Geneva.